The District Tissue Bank IDCBIS will donate the skin to attend burn patients in the Mantanzas region of Cuba.
August 19, 2022. On August 5, in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, a fire broke out in an industrial zone due to a lightning strike in an oil storage facility, which caused the conflagration, leaving more than 60 people injured with burns.
The District Tissue Bank IDCBIS, an entity linked to the District Health Secretariat, as humanitarian aid has donated 3 thousand cm2 of skin to the Cuban Government to help in the recovery of the wounded from the massive fire that occurred in this country.
The donation was made thanks to the efforts of the Colombian Ministry of Health in alliance with the Cuban Vice-Ministry of Health, the Cuban Ambassador to Colombia and the District Institute of Science, Biotechnology and Innovation in Health (IDCBIS) linked to the District Health Secretariat of Bogota.
The Director of IDCBIS, Bernardo Camacho, stated that "in addition to expressing the generosity and international solidarity of this donation with the tragedy, it is the recognition of the high quality and trust in the IDCBIS District Tissue Bank to distribute to burn patients who need this tissue for their recovery. These tissues were rescued from Colombian donors, complying with all safety and quality standards for the care of patients who require it."
The IDCBIS currently has the only multipurpose Tissue Bank in the country, which favors access to the most vulnerable population with transplant requirements and has the selection of donors, rescue, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues with high quality standards. It is the only multipurpose bank in the country and the first in Latin America with development and standardization in acellular dermis to improve the regeneration of definitive skin in burn patients.
The Bank processes cornea and sclera, skin, musculoskeletal tissue and amniotic membrane for use in ophthalmology, plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery.