The Cuban Council of Ministers, presided over by President Raul Castro (L)
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Council of Ministers, headed by President Raul Castro, has adopted several new measures and policies to implement the approved economic and social guidelines.
The first measure aims at updating the national medication supply program for the population, with major productive capacity and more stable supply at drugstores and health care centres. This measure establishes the inclusion, in the general list of medications, of those known as natural and traditional medicines. In this regard, the Council of Ministers indicated the update of a program aimed at further developing natural medicine.
Castro said that private producers and cooperatives can make an important contribution to the production of medicinal herbs, which are important for the prevention and cure of many diseases.
The meeting also agreed to repair and build a larger number of centres for the elderly and nursing homes between 2013 and 2015 given the growing aging of the Cuban population.
The Council of Ministers also approved a third group of non-agriculture cooperatives made up of 73 entities dedicated to gastronomic services, recreation, construction, transportation and manufacture.
The final results of the 2012 Population and Housing Census were released during the meeting. Such results will be published soon, according to Cuban television.
Another proposal approved was a project to reduce a large number of posts included in the budgeted areas of the Ministry of Construction, in order to achieve greater efficiency.
Castro called on representatives of different state entities to find solutions in order to meet the demands of the people. He insisted that in order to meet the proposals, production must continue to increase and the economy must develop under the principles of order, discipline and control.