India, Cuba to cooperate on natural medicine usage

February 18th, 2011 - 10:42 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Ties between India and Cuba may soon reach new levels after a top official of a medical research organisation in Havana met Indian scientists to discuss ways to enhance usage of natural medicine.Concepcion Campa, director of the Finlay Institute in Havana, met scientists and researchers from the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and the Ayurvedic Research Centre, during a recent visit to the Indian capital, according to a statement from the Cuban embassy.

Both the Cuban scientist and Indian researchers analysed ways to foster the use and extension of natural medicine in Cuba, Prensa Latina reported.

Campa also told representatives from several Indian biotechnology companies about Cuba’s advances in the area of vaccines.

She spoke of the extensive immunisation programme in place in the Caribbean nation, which has reduced infant mortality to 4.5 per 1,000 live births.

She also spoke about the difficulties Cuba has faced in biotechnology due to the US-imposed blockade for over five decades.

Campa was invited to New Delhi by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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