Cuba will strengthen research in Natural and Traditional Medicine

HAVANA, Dec 16th  The main challenge of Natural and Traditional Medicine (NTM) in Cuba for 2021 is to continue strengthening research and the generation of scientific evidence,

which supports the use of the therapeutic modalities regulated in the country.

In an exclusive dialogue with the Cuban News Agency (ACN), Dr. Johann Perdomo, head of the MNT department of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), announced that next year it is planned to increase the units of natural products to be produced to 100 million, both for industry and for local production.

There is a commitment to continue strengthening the availability of these products and the integration of MNT in medical care, based on the needs of the Cuban population’s health care.

The specialist explained that in 2020 they have worked with a Basic Table of Natural Products composed of 172 lines (two more than in 2019), of the 111 of local production and 61 industrial.

The plan for the year is 95 million units, five million more than in 2019 and at the end of October, more than 84 million units were produced, 105% of the plan, of which more than 72 million produced locally and 10 million by the industry, including BioCubaFarma, Labiofam and the Entity of Science, Technology and Innovation (ECTI) Sierra Maestra.

Cuba has 76 local drug production centers, in which repair and maintenance actions have been carried out, as well as a technological recapitalization, and 837 equipment for production and quality control have also been introduced.

Among the lines of greatest demand are anti-catarrhal syrups (Imefasma, oregano and aloe), although there is an important request for creams, wall frictions and others, emphasized Dr. Perdomo.

So far this year, more than 35 million medical attention has been carried out in the 10 modalities, a figure that decreased after the reordering of services due to the effects of Covid-19.

This ancient medicine is used in acupuncture, apitherapy, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and flower therapy, among other modalities and there are currently more than 30 research projects underway.

The Ministry of Agriculture delivers 42 plant species destined for local drug production centers, as well as for the acquisition of pharmaceutical raw materials the Minsap allocates more than five million pesos.

Natural and Traditional Medicine contributes to improving the quality of life of the population and is used from the health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Perdomo emphasized that this modality is governed by the Guidelines of the economic and social policy approved in the VI and VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, and is part of the necessary transformations carried out by the Minsap.

(ACN)