Manuela Espejo Health Program Advances in Ecuador
The program’s staff has detected more than 200,000 cases of people living with disabilities. Most of them live in poverty or in extreme poverty
2010-08-16 | 14:00:23 EST
MOMPICHE, Esmeraldas.— Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno bid the Manuela Espejo health program success and spoke highly of the work done so far by the personnel of this Cuba-Ecuador joint initiative.
“We’re on the right track and moving in the right direction, and we’ll see the program through,” said the official speaking of the health program aimed at detecting and treating disabled people in Ecuador.
According to the El Ciudadano website, teams have visited 817,981 homes in the 22 provinces of the country. “The Manuela Espejo program has been operative for over a year now,” said Homero Arellano, secretary general of the vice president’s office. “We work everyday, including holidays. We have detected 206,406 cases of people living with disabilities. Most of them live in poverty, or extreme poverty.”
He added that the program has detected 18,263 critical cases, which have been prioritized. “Of them, 14,605 have received technical assistance,” said Arellano, who added that there are still other critical cases to take care of.
This noble program involves more than 1,000 workers, including Cuban and Ecuadorian doctors, as well as government employees and army members, concluded the report.