President Enrique Peña Nieto, led the
ceremony to commemorate World Health Day
2016 for the prevention and control of diabetes. This year
efforts will be made to raise awareness of this silent disease.
In Mexico, incidence is particularly high: 33% of
children and 70% of adults are overweight or obese, major risk factors
associated with this condition.
“Having good health is essential for the full development of human
capacities. One of the government’s key commitments is therefore
to ensure that Mexicans enjoy the constitutional right to health protection in
their everyday lives.”
Today, Mexico is a healthier nation
with a greater life expectancy, thanks to scientific advances, but above all,
the hard work of every Mexican and the work of over 500,000 doctors and nurses.
Universalization of Health Services
The signing of the National Agreement for the Universalization
of Health Services creates a framework for cooperation, which will gradually
lead the country to universalization and health care portability.
This is the first step for patients to have access
to the medical services required, regardless of the health or social security institution
to which they belong.
The National Agreement creates a new form of
coordination between the Ministry of
Health, federal social security institutions and state health service
providers, with a cross-cutting, human rights approach.
To this end, specific cooperation agreements will be signed, in order to
achieve better use of hospital infrastructure, the orderly use of financial
resources and optimal performance of human capital.
“We must ensure that all Mexicans have effective access to quality
health care, we must universalize health services. To achieve
this goal, we must make more efficient use of available human and material
In the initial stage of the National Agreement, federal
health service providers agreed 14 interventions such as MRIs or intensive care
for newborns, children and adults, who may be treated by any institution in the
Baja California Sur, Mexico State and the State of
Oaxaca are the first three
states to join the National Agreement towards the universalization of Health
“In this administration, we are working on a daily basis to improve the
quality of life for Mexican families, beginning with their health. We realize that as a society, we are experiencing complex, new public health
challenges. This is how we understand it and how we will cope
Over the past few days, the Valley of Mexico has
registered high levels of air pollution.
“I wish to publicly thank the authorities that make up the Environmental
Commission of the Megalopolis, for making the difficult but necessary
decisions, within the scope of their responsibility.
“They are no doubt measures that modify the normal activities of
millions of people and inevitably generate discomfort; although they are
determinations that promote a greater good: the health of
more than 20 million people, especially our children and senior citizens.”
confident that the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis will continue to
adopt responsible measures to protect the health of the inhabitants of the
Valley of Mexico and, above all, to ensure adequate air quality in this region.”