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Saturday, January 21, 2006 

Cuba, Uruguay Foster Bilateral Ties
by Prensa Latina

Posted: Jan 20, 2006 14:29 UTC

HAVANA (PL) - Uruguayan Minister of Social Development, Marina Arismendi, is touring Friday several sites of social interest in Havana, as part of an official six-day visit to Cuba to strengthen bilateral links

According to her agenda, Arismendi, also general secretary of the Uruguayan Communist Party, will visit the Pando Ferrer Hospital, specialized in ophtalmological care, and Tarara village, about 15 miles east of downtown, where many patients under the Miracle Operation (free eye surgery) are staying.

Some 100 Uruguayans arrived in Havana Wednesday to undergo eye surgery under that international program.The minister visited Thursday the Havana-based Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB, in Spanish), where she received detailed information on the island´s recent scientific achievements and products.

Accompanied by CIGB Director Dr. Luis Herrera, the guest learned about the high-level institution devoted to research, development, production and marketing of biological products obtained through modern bio-engineering.

He showed Arismendi how different plants operated in the production of vaccines against Hepatitis B and the Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib).Arismendi arrived Tuesday in Havana, and has met with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Assistant Minister of Education Francisco Ferreira.

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