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Cuba commits to support TL with the installation of pharmaceutical and probiotic yogurt factory

Cuba commits to support TL with the installation of pharmaceutical and probiotic yogurt factory

Chargé d'Affaires of the Cuban Embassy in Díli, José Ernesto Díaz Pérez (Photo/Embassy of Cuba in TL)

DILI, 13 september 2022 (TATOLI) – The Chargé d’Affaires of the Cuban Embassy in Díli, José Ernesto Díaz Pérez, said that Cuba is committed to supporting the government of Timor-Leste with the installation of the pharmaceutical and probiotic yogurt factory.

Pérez said that having the pharmaceutical factory will give Timor-Leste independence from relying on imported medicines.

“The pharmaceutical factory is crucial for Timor-Leste as it will reduce the country’s dependence on imported medicines. So, this pharmaceutical factory will not only produce pills but can also produce vaccines,” Perez told TATOLI at his office in Dili on monday.

He said that Cuba will help Timor-Leste to attain the best pharmaceutical technology: “We will also bring the best Cuban technicians and specialists to support the installation of the pharmaceutical factory.

“Supporting the Timorese people with capacity building is important to ensure they can operate the factory to produce the medicines themselves,” Pérez said.

Pérez said that Cuba is also interested in supporting Timor-Leste in the creation of a probiotic yogurt factory to fight malnutrition and prevent cancer: “Probiotic yogurt plays a crucial role in eliminating cancer cells in their early stages.”

“Therefore, we are very interested in supporting Timor-Leste in the production of probiotic yogurt in Timor-Leste as it is important to combat malnutrition and boost the immune system, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS,” he said.

Pérez reiterated that these are the two projects that the Caribbean country has committed to supporting Timor-Leste in the near future: “Basically, these are the two projects that we want to support the Government of Timor-Leste.”

“I know that the government of Timor-Leste is willing to start these two projects and Cuba is willing to support Timor-Leste with the installation of these two projects,” he said.

Earlier, the President of the Republic José Ramos Horta urged the government to invest in the pharmaceutical factory.

“This nation should not be totally dependent on imported medicines. The government needed to invest in the pharmaceutical factory with the support of Brazilian, Cuban, Indonesian, or Portuguese pharmaceutical companies,” Horta said.

The Head of State said that at least 30% of medicines should be produced in the country.

In response to Horta’s statement, the Vice-Minister of Health, Bonifacio Maucoli dos Reis said that the government had made initial contact with the Cuban government to cooperate in the area of drug production.

“Cuba is willing to support Timor-Leste with the raw materials for the production of medicines in Timor-Leste. Therefore, we need an adequate budget for the establishment of the pharmaceutical company,” Reis said.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges  

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