havana-live-Cira Garcia health centreHAVANA, 6 June  (ACN) — The Havana-based Cira Garcia health centre, offering services to foreigners in Cuba, is expanding its services to compete with other similar centres in the Americas.

“We are expanding our services, not only in terms of space, but also in our attention capacity,” said health centre director Joaquin Garcia.

The institution was set up in the 1980s to offer health services to the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana. In the 1990s the facility began to assist not only foreign residents there, but also those who came for medical attention in Cuba.

The health centre, which is part of the Cuban heath system, contributed nine million Cuban convertible pesos (US$9 million) to the country’s economy. It was a modest contribution to the country and to public health, Garcia said.

In Cuba health care is free of charge for the Cuban people, but the system includes a group of facilities that charge services to foreigners.

The Havana health care centre offers services in all clinical and surgical specialties, along with pediatrics and gynecology.