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IAEA Highlights Cuba”s Role in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

 

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, highlighted Cuba”s role in a keynote speech delivered here, emphasizing its wide range of peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology, with an emphasis on human health.

 

During yesterday’s speech entitled “IAEA’s work: Atoms for Peace,” delivered at the University of Havana’s main lecture hall, Amano said that Cuba has been an active member of the organization since it was founded in Vienna in 1957, and is a major contributor to technical cooperation programs, with its experts in many fields sharing their knowledge and experience with other countries.

 

Amano talked about his positive impression in regard to the variety of available services and the dedication of Cuban staff, after visiting several medical and research centers in Havana.

 

He added that thanks to IAEA collaboration with Cuba, the National Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery was able to improve its imaging facilities in order to provide patients better diagnoses and treatment.

 

The agency works closely with the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as research activities. It is also involved in the production of essential radiopharmaceutical products and the creation of a center for environmental studies in the central province of Cienfuegos, to monitor marine and coastal pollution.

 

For his part, the dean at the University of Havana, Gustavo Cobreiro, said that the IAEA is the main governmental and international forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy, with efforts aimed at technology transfer, nuclear safety, and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

 

Cuba, as a founding member of the IAEA, has implemented important technical cooperation projects, from which the country has benefited in priority areas such as health, agriculture, and the environment, he said.

 

Thanks to that cooperation, various projects have been implemented to introduce cutting-edge technologies to ensure healthcare for the population in areas such as the fight against cancer, aging, and cardiovascular incidents, he said.

 

Source: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1911421&Itemid=1



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