The health of the population constitutes, from the programmatic platform of the revolutionary triumph expressed in "History will absolve me" a matter of special interest for our government, one of the most precious conquests of our Revolution.
To guarantee the health of the Cuban population, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) is the body of the Central State Administration that has a social commission, according to what is stated in article 3 of Law 41 of Public Health of 1983 , the methodological, technical and scientific rector, in the provision of services, the preparation of the Public Health Branch Plan and the regulation of the practice of medicine; as well as other related activities.
The activities conceived by the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) are decentralized in its planning and execution in the institutions of the health services network, subordinated to the government structures in the different territories, where one of its vice-presidents is the Provincial Director of health.
The central agency is located in the capital city Plaza de la Revolución on 23rd street, corner N, also the MINSAP has representations in each of the provinces and municipalities of the country called Provincial and Municipal Health Offices that are responsible for enforcing policies relating to health in each territory.
The staff of MINSAP is made up of a total of 785 workers, of whom 399 are women and 386 are men. The entity has considerable intellectual capital, most of them are university students and a significant number of MINSAP officials and managers have traveled through other institutions of the National Health System with considerable experience in management positions in their territories, which constitutes expression of the professional level and the capacity of the internal public of the institution.
Structurally, the Ministry is divided into six work areas and a business group that, due to its functions, will direct and guarantee compliance with the institutional mission. To these areas of work, led by deputy ministers, national departments, departments and independent departments are subordinated and in the case of the business group companies.
The MINSAP methodologically rector to the National Health System that has 490 thousand 245 workers who work in 451 polyclinics; 11 thousand 550 offices; 507 stomatological services; 152 hospitals with 36 thousand 718 beds; 142 maternal homes; 233 grandparents' houses; 144 nursing homes with 9 thousand 399 beds; and 13 research institutes.
This potential makes it possible to have one doctor for every 137 inhabitants, one stomatologist for every 804 and one nurse for every 122, reaching figures higher than those shown in many other countries, including the so-called "first world".