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I was curious to see Havana and I was very interested in the public health accomplishments of the Castro government. Already at that time, Cuba had among the best health and education indicators in Latin America and the Caribbean, comparable even to those in the United States. The last day of the congress there was a reception at a big convention center located in Havana. I was talking to some colleagues at one end of a huge room when from the other end we heard people yelling, "Fidel, Fidel, Fidel!" It was obviously Fidel Castro who had come to say hello to the people attending the congress.I was leaving Cuba three days later so I decided to stay in my hotel full time to wait for the call.A friend of mine who knew him told me, "I always thought that Fidel is a frustrated doctor". Perhaps that was one of the reasons for his strong support for public health in Cuba.
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