New York, 15 April 2019. In his statement at the Tenth Session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Aging, Jorge Luis Cepero Aguilar, Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, stated that in the island the increase in the quality of life of the elderly has been possible thanks to the political will of the Government and to the efforts and participation of the people. All this in spite of the harsh economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed to the Caribbean nation for almost six decades and that has a direct impact on its social development
The Cuban diplomat also noted that Cuba is going through a population aging process, which is expected to reach an aging rate of 30.3% by 2030, with 3, 304, 685 people aged 60 and over. As a consequence, he explained, elderly care has become a priority for the country and work involving multiple institutions is carried out to guarantee the quality of life of this sector of the population.
The guarantees offered by universal and free access to health care services, the high levels of education attained by Cubans, as well as the urban sanitation and hygiene programs, have risen life expectancy in Cuba to rates exclusive to most developed states, he said.
The Cuban diplomat indicated that the specific needs and conditions of the elderly around the world should be a priority, especially when they represent approximately 10% of the world population, a figure that will increase in only a few decades.
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