·        In its initial stage, 14 interventions have been agreed such as MRIs and intensive care for newborns, children and adults, who will be able to be treated by any of the institutions in the sector, he said.

·        The president led the ceremony commemorating World Health Day.

·        Mexico is an example of leadership and innovation for the Americas in health: Pan American Health Organization

Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, led the ceremony to commemorate World Health Day, during which he witnessed the signing of the National Agreement towards the Universalization of Health Services, signed by the Ministry of Health, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), and the Governors of Baja California Sur, the State of Mexico and Oaxaca, the first three states to join the Agreement.

At the XXI Century National Medical Center of the IMSS, President Peña Nieto said that the signing of this Agreement, “Creates a framework for cooperation that will gradually lead us to the universalization and portability of health care in our country.”

“In other words, this Agreement is the first step for patients to have access to the medical services they require, regardless of the health or social security institution to which they belong.

He said that, “It creates a new form of coordination between the Ministry of Health, federal social security institutions and health service providers in the states with a cross-cutting, human rights approach.”

He explained that in order to implement it properly, 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.”

The president declared that in its initial stage, 14 interventions have been agreed such as MRIs and intensive care for newborns, children and adults, who will be able to be treated by any of the institutions in the sector.”

The 14 interventions are listed below:

1.     Adult intensive care (day stay).

2.     Pediatric intensive care (day stay).

3.     Electroencephalogram.

4.     Electromyography.

5.     Mastography.

6.     (Visual) evoked potentials.

7.     Stress tests.

8.     X-rays.

9.     Magnetic resonance.

10.  Neonatal intensive care unit (prematurity).

11.  Ultrasound

12.  Physiological postpartum period and delivery care.

13.  Caesarean section

14.  Hysterectomy.

President Peña Nieto said that, “It is by combining wills and acting with joint responsibility that Mexican state institutions work together to make health care for the population as a whole both effective and equitable.”

He said that the government will work to enable the authorities of the 32 states to be part of this new coordination scheme, and congratulated the governors of Baja California Sur, the State of Mexico and Oaxaca on being the three first states to join the Agreement.

He said that, “Celebrating World Health Day is nothing more than keeping in mind what should be a permanent memory: health is the basis of the development of any society. Health is the highest priority for this government.”

“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.”

With this vision, he added, “We join the efforts of the World Health Organization for the prevention and control of diabetes.” This World Health Day is therefore, “Dedicated to raising awareness about this silent disease, which represents one of the biggest challenges in the societies of our time.”

He explained that in Mexico, its incidence is particularly high, since 33 per cent of children and 70 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, major risk factors associated with this condition.” Given this reality, it is essential to strengthen self-care actions: ”Insofar as everyone adopt healthier habits, we will have a stronger society and therefore a healthier nation.”

At the event, President Peña Nieto presented the Dr. Eduardo Liceaga Award to Manuel Ruiz de Chávez Guerrero, whom he recognized for his leadership, perseverance and dedication in the field of health, academia and public service.

He also presented the Dr. Miguel Otero Award for Clinical Research to Miguel Ángel Mercado Díaz; the Dr. Gerardo Varela Award for Public Health to Miguel Ángel Lezana Fernández; the Dr. Manuel Velasco Suárez Award in the field of Neurology and Neurosurgery to Rogelio Gutierrez Revuelta; the Dr. Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz Award in the area of Mental Health to Antonio Ruiz Taviel; and the Dr. Ignacio Chávez award for Medical Humanism to Carlos Viesca Treviño.

He also presented the Martin de la Cruz Awards for Chemical and Biological Research to Miguel Ángel Rodriguez Avila;  the Dr. Chorné y Salazar Award in Stomatology to Rolando Gonzalo Peniche; the Nurse Isabel Cendala y Gómez Award for Public Health and Community Nursing to Zenaida Martínez Blanco; the Lucy Salcido Nursing Assistant Award to Francisca López Sandoval for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Work in her field and the Dr. Guillermo Soberón Acevedo Award for Institution Building to José Luis Ramírez Arias.

The president congratulated the winners on behalf of himself and his wife who, he said, has devoted herself to issues concerning health, because the human factor is one of the most important resources for achieving adequate medical service provision.

He declared that without health professionals, doctors and nurses, committed to the society they serve, it would not have been possible to achieve the progress, which, “We must admit, has been made for the benefit of health in our country.”

THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT SEEKS TO ACHIEVE THE UNIVERSALIZATION OF HEALTH SERVICES AND THE RATIONAL USE OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE: JOSÉ NARRO ROBLES

Minister of Health José Narro Robles said that since diabetes is a major issue in Mexico and the world, we must advance prevention, early diagnosis and timely treatment to save the lives of patients and avoid unnecessary complications.

He added that since diabetes is a major health challenge in our country, World Health Day is a suitable framework for complying with the president’s instruction to advance the universalization of health services and the rational use of available public infrastructure.

Therefore, he declared, the National Agreement towards the Universalization of Health Services, signed today, is a start to achieving the objective of the universalization of health services in Mexico.

We must redouble our efforts to make HEALTH FOR everyone A REALITY: PAHO

Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), described Mexico as, “An example of leadership and innovation for the Americas” and congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto on the major political decisions taken for the good of the population including the launch of the National Strategy against Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes.

This and other actions, she said, “Have served as an example to many countries in the region and the world.” She therefore congratulated the president on these exemplary policies.

Among them, she mentioned the creation of a tax on sugary drinks and other high-calorie products, new labeling and the banning of the advertising of these products in children's schedules, as well as the opening of the Diabetes Clinic at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition. She declared that the disease is the fourth leading cause of deaths in the region, many of which are premature.

All of them, she said, are public policies are taken for the good of the Mexican population, and, “We must tell everyone that together we can reverse the diabetes epidemic.”

She also noted that another issue in which Mexico is advancing systematically and consistently is universal health. “Mexico and the Americas have been walking this route for years and have taken important steps to achieve the right to health for everyone without discrimination,” she said.

However, she said, “We must redouble our efforts to make health for everyone a reality.”

She recalled that the new Sustainable Development Goals came into effect on January 1 of this year.   “One of these objectives is to guarantee a healthier life and promote well-being for everyone at any age by 2030. To achieve this, one of the goals asks us to achieve universal health coverage,” she declared.

BIOETHICS, MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY OF THE NATIONAL UNIVERSAL HEALTH SYSTEM: MANUEL RUIZ DE CHÁVEZ GUERRERO

On behalf of the winners, Manuel Ruiz de Chávez Guerrero said that for the first time ever,  in its instruments to guide democratic planning,  the government has made bioethics a management and development policy of the National Universal Health System.

Therefore, he said, “He was extremely proud to receive this award, in the full awareness of what it represents; and congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto on promoting health in general and bioethics in particular.”

He said that in Mexico, “We have resumed international leadership,” by chairing the XII World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City, Thinking about the Future Leads us to Move the World, as well as the X Global Summit of National Bioethics Commissions, Opening Trails throughout the World, with the invaluable support of the National Council of Science and Technology.

Manuel Ruiz de Chávez Guerrero said that his service to medicine is only a small contribution to a great project. “For 40 years, I have promoted the teaching and practice of medicine, research and innovation in health, and the dialogue between medicine and the law,” he declared.

He explained that he has participated in strategic projects to ensure the coverage and quality of care, decentralization and strengthening of state health systems, including reconstruction and reorganization as a result of the earthquakes in Mexico City.