HAVANA.- (ACN) US Professor of the University of California in Los Angeles, Dr. Gabriel Danovitch expressed on Thursday in Havana that Cuba should be proud of its commendable results in kidney transplants despite the effects of Washington’s economic blockade.

The Nephrologist told ACN that the island’s achievements is the costly procedure but it is free for the population on the Caribbean nation and thanks to the altruism of the donors and families.

Danovitch who is visiting Cuba for the first time, is thankful for the new relations between both governments allowing the possibilities of collaboration and expressed his disposition in carrying out scientific exchanges with his Cuban counterparts, “I will be here if needed”, he said.

The renowned US physician expressed that he has been working for the last ten years with a group of colleagues regarding the Declaration of Istanbul, aimed at promoting ethical donations for organ transplants and protect the rights and health of donors, both live and cadaverous.

That document, elaborated in 2008, signed by some 140 nationa organizations with the objective of preventing the traffic of organs and related to transplants but also provides alternatives to patients with the need of receiving an organ, he said.

Although he talked about kidneys, he intends to relate with all organs, said the US specialist who participated in the event on the 50th anniversary of Cuban Nephrology that began on Thursday and will run until Saturday at the La Pradera International Health Center.

Dr. Danovitch pointed out that the majority of the exploitation and misuse of the organs for transplant is related with kidneys, that is why the importance of the declaration.

During the first day of the event, participants paid homage to the late Dr. Abelardo Buch Lopez, initiator of the nephrology in Cuba and also recognized another two founders: Professors Charles Magrans Buch and Reynaldo Manalich Comas.

Dr. Betsy Llerena, President of the Organizing Committee announced that the scientific program includes the development of kidney transplants and the aspects in expanding it to other parts of the island in the future, perspectives of Nephrology and ailments of bone and mineral metabolism in 
patients with chronic kidney disease.

The cardio-kidney syndrome, obesity and the kidney, the experience in the use of Cuban eritropoyetina recombinant and the past, present and future of dialysis are some of the issues being debated in the event.

During the inaugural session, Jorge Pablo Alfonso Guerra, president of the Cuban Nephrology Society talked about the history of the specialty in Cuba currently with 51 services and over 400 specialists.