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President of East Timor Satisfied With Visit to Cuba

Havana, October 1 (RHC)-- East Timor President, Taur Matan Ruak, said at Havana's International Airport that he leaves Cuba satisfied with the results of his official visit, during which he worked towards the consolidation of mutual relations, especially in areas such as education and health.

Just hours before his departure, the Asian leader visited the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, one of Cuba's cutting edge scientific institutions. The centre is key to the Island's rapid development of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, now recognized as the most advanced in the Caribbean and in Latin America.

Dr. Luis Herrera, the Director General of The Center, told the visiting President, Cuba has developed at least 14 cutting-edge pharma and biotech products for addressing diverse diseases. They include the HEBERPROT -P, product curing ulcers on the feet of diabetics, and the much acclaimed vaccine against Hepatitis B.

After visiting the Center, the Timorese President said there are two ways in the world to provide health services. One is to cure diseases. The other one is to prevent disease.


Edited by Juan Leandro
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