Nicaragua highlights advances in health at the 78th UN Assembly.
Nicaragua highlights advances in health at the 78th UN Assembly.

Within the framework of the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations, the Chancellor of Nicaragua, Denis Moncada Colindres, highlighted that the Latin American country has a quality, comprehensive, universal and free Health System, as well as other important progress for Nicaraguan citizens.

The Government of the president, Daniel Ortega Saavedra, participated in the high-level meeting on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Pandemics, under the motto “A safer world: Creating and maintaining political momentum and solidarity for prevention, preparation and response to pandemics.”

The meeting allowed the Member States to present the different public policies implemented by their governments to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the challenges to future pandemics.

The event was attended by Dennis Francis, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization and Heads of State of Cuba, Guyana, Zimbabwe, San Marino, Bangladesh, Nepal, among others.

The Foreign Minister, Dennis Moncada, reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of Nicaragua to continue guaranteeing programs and policies in order to prevent, prepare and respond effectively to any pandemic.

Different programs of the Health System in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, currently, has prepared 5,876 members of health personnel, including ophthalmologists, sub-specialists and optometrists, to successfully develop the ‘Everyone with a Voice Program’, according to the Ministry of Health (MINSA).

Likewise, the health entity details that, during 15 years of the Sandinista Government, between 2007 and 2022, under the administration of the president, Daniel Ortega, it has provided 6,136,727 free services to patients with visual disabilities.

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Likewise, in 2022, MINSA reported the Managua Ambulance Center and the hospitals in the national territory had an investment of 1.9 million dollars in the acquisition of 36 ambulances and 24 vans. In addition, Nicaragua has the largest public hospital infrastructure in the Central American region.

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Many representatives of the medical sector, in statements to local media, expressed their recognition to the central government for its firm commitment to investment in public hospital care in Nicaragua. This commitment is reflected in the General Budget of the Republic, which allocates 21% of the total, equivalent to about 27.3 million dollars, to this important sector.