Cuba: Natural medicine facilities to be certified

Havana.— At least ten local Natural and Traditional Medicine (MNT) production facilities, across the same number of Cuban provinces, are set to receive certification for meeting best pharmaceutical practice standards by the end of this year, according to a sector expert. (Photo: http://www.radiohc.cu)

Speaking to ACN, Johann Perdomo Delgado, head of the Ministry of Health’s MNT department, confirmed that centers of this kind are based in Ar­temisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba.

Certification process

He added that the certification process will be undertaken by the Center for State Control of Medicine Quality, Cuba’s medications governing body, founded in 1989 following the approval of a ministerial resolution.

Perdomo Delgado noted that the main objective of the process is to improve the centers’ infrastructure and technology, and ensure that they receive plant biomass from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Minsap representative also noted these raw materials contain elements essential to on-site and dispensary production of aloe vera, marigold, lime, passionflower, French oregano and pine products, among others.

Prescribed to millions of people

Perdomo Delgado, MNT grade one and two specialist also noted that natural medications and traditional remedies were prescribed to millions of people during the first week of the year alone.

He stated that in addition to providing phytodrugs and bee-derived products, MNT also includes acupuncture and related techniques, homeopathy, flower-therapy, ozone-therapy, hydro-therapy (sun and sea water treatments) traditional therapeutic exercises, and nutritional health-food guidance services.

In 2011, the Center for State Control of Medicine Quality merged with the Center for State Control of Medical Devices to create the Center for State Control of Medicines, Medical Devices and Equipment, although it maintains its original acronym, Cecmed.

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