Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas
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GALVEZ CABRERA, Elisa; GONZALEZ SOSA, Yasser Armando and CHIONG CASTILLO, Mario. Teaching and practice of legal medicine in eritrea. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.4, pp. 496-504. ISSN 1729-519X.
Introduction:»Orotta» school of medicine in Asmara, Republic of Eritrea is the only one in existence in this country and it was designed and founded by the Cuban Medical collaboration. Students at the school are formed by the traditional Cuban program vinculating them to practical work with Cuban doctors of the integral health program (IHP) that fulfill internationalist mission inserted to the different care centers along the country. Legal medicine is included in this program and it is taught during a complete semester. At the arrival of the Cuban Legal Medicine professor medicolegal performances started in this country. Objectives: Explain about the medicolegal performances made by Cuban specialists for the first time in Eritrea. Method: Details of Pre and Postgrades teaching activities and the main experiences of medicolegal assistance work made in Eritrea are reported through a descriptive and tranversal study in the period of July 2008 to September 2011. Results: Medicolegal performances were sistematically increasing and gained organization in a year of work in spite of the abscence of experience of both, health personnel and population. Necropsies are already accepted and dentified as necessary by Eritrean population. Conclusion: It was proved how important is the team work of the Cuban Medical brigade and the need of working at the scene of facts. The importance of the Cuban help through the Integral Health Program to countries in development was also confirmed.
Keywords : Legal Medicine; Medicolegal performances; Orotta-Eritrea school of medicine; Integral health program.