HAVANA, Sept. 23 The Center for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, the only one of its kind in the country, was inaugurated on the morning of this Saturday in Havana …
with the objective of making an early diagnosis of this dementia, training caregivers and family members and promoting research that contributes to the improvement of care for these patients.
In the presence of Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda, vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; Dr. José Ángel Portal Miranda, member of the Central Committee of the Party and Minister of Public Health; Dr. Alberto Fernández Seco, head of the Department of Senior Adult, Social Assistance and Mental Health of the Ministry of Public Health, among other specialists and executives of the sector; He said that the institution will be part of the services of the center he runs founded on May 7, 1992.
The specialist in Geriatrics and Gerontology, Niurka Cascudo Barral, director of the newly opened center, pointed out that it has different areas of care for both patients and family members, “because the better prepared the relative or caregiver is, the better quality of life the sick will have. “
He added that the new institution – located on Havana Street No. 614 between Muralla and Teniente Rey, Old Havana – is of a tertiary nature, requires a medical referral to attend, and that it will display a community projection necessary for the development of studies that will be held there.
As part of the inauguration, Mr. Lesmes de la Rosa González, director of the San Alejandro Academy, unveiled the Alzheimer sculpture, created by the student Pilar de la Caridad Pérez Medina.
Dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease (the most frequent), is one of the main causes of disability and dependence in the Cuban population and requires multisectoral work that supports medical care.