· In 2014, vaccination coverage of 97.8% was achieved in one-year-old
children for measles, mumps and rubella. As a result, Mexico achieved
the objective pledged in the Millennium Development Goals.
· The president issued instructions to the Minister of Health to implement
actions to achieve universal coverage of quality health services.
· He led the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican
President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that,
“Health is a prerequisite for the exercise of other rights and freedoms.” It is, he continued, “The most
precious asset, the basis of individual development and what allows men and
women to grow, study, work, have a full life, and enjoy it in the company of
their loved ones.”
At the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican
Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), the president said that health, “Is the basis of
the development of a society and the collective development of everything from
a community to an entire nation.”
He noted that, “Health indicators accurately reflect
society’s income and quality of life.”
He said that as a result, “Since 1983, health
protection has been a human right enshrined in our Constitution, and since
then, the Mexican government has been working with institutions and public
policies to enforce it and achieve universal health coverage.”
President Peña Nieto mentioned some of the progress
made in the five health strategies of the National Development Program.
FIRST STRATEGY: Advance the construction of a universal health care system. To date, the list of Popular
Insurance affiliates exceeds 57 million people, nearly four and a half million
more than at the beginning of this administration.
”However, I must say, affiliation is not enough; more
infrastructure is required to provide health care to millions of Mexicans. As a result, through the Ministry
of Health, the IMSS and ISSSTE, we have built, completed and modernized over
580 hospital units and 2,800 outpatient units with an investment of more than
34 billion pesos.
SECOND: Make protection, promotion and prevention
actions a key axis for health improvement. “At this point, we should say that through
PREVENIMSS, PREVENISSSTE and the Popular Insurance Scheme’s Safe Consultation
Program, we are encouraging the population to adopt better health habits.
He said that, “Health does not begin in hospitals or
clinics; health begins at home, with good habits and the way each person takes
care of their health.”
“In addition, efforts are being made in campaigns to
prevent accidents and in National Health Weeks to promote universal
vaccination,” he added.
THIRD STRATEGY: Improve the health care of the vulnerable population. “A key feature of this category is
the Mobile Medical Units Program, which serves more than 4.2 million people
living in almost 25,000 scattered locations.
FOURTH: Guarantee effective access to quality health
IMSS and ISSSTE are adopting innovative measures to reduce waiting times in
emergency care, as well as surgery scheduling and family medicine
FIFTH: Promoting international cooperation in health. “Mexico encouraged one of the
sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda to be health
and well-being. Our
country is also working with the World Health Organization on various projects
and initiatives, including efforts to cope with the Zika virus.”
The president said that actions such as these have
permitted the achievement of encouraging results, and mentioned some of them:
2014, vaccination coverage of 97.8% was achieved in one-year-old children for
measles, mumps and rubella. As a result, Mexico achieved the objective
pledged in the Millennium Development Goals.
· Between 2012 and 2014, infant mortality dropped by 6.1 per cent while
mortality rates for the under fives fell by 7 percent. During this same period,
maternal death rates were reduced by 8 percent.
· During this period, maternal death rates were reduced by 8 percent.
· According to CONEVAL, 4.5 million Mexicans overcame the lack of access
to health services during this period.
The president declared that despite these advances,
“We must continue working to achieve quality universal health services.”
He announced the instructions he has given to the
Minister of Health to achieve that goal:
identify those with no kind of coverage, by consolidating the lists of various
health and social security institutions.
the use of available infrastructure, through better coordination between social
security institutions, state health services, and those directly dependent on
the Ministry of Health.
THIRD: Given the
rapid progress of new technologies, policies for addressing the main health
problems in the country should be reviewed. There is a need to evaluate the results
achieved and propose the necessary adjustments to advance their prevention, early
diagnosis and treatment.
and implement a program designed to improve the services offered by state
governments, in primary health care medical units, by linking them to hospital
care and specialties.
President Peña Nieto said that, “We live in an era in
which the advances in science and medicine allow us to heal diseases and live
However, he added, “Enjoying a long, full life cannot
be the privilege of a few. In Mexico,
it is everyone’s right, and governments at all levels are working to make this
constitutional mandate a reality.”
INTEGRAL HEALTH REFORM REQUIRES TIME TO MATURE,
ANALYSIS AND THE COMBINATION OF WILLS AND CONVICTIONS: FUNSALUD
Chairman of the Board of the Mexican Health Foundation
Pablo Escandón Cusi said that comprehensive health reform requires time to
mature and analysis, and the combination of wills and convictions, as happened
with the Education and Energy Reforms, “which, through President Peña Nieto’s
work and leadership, have laid the foundations for efficient, competitive
systems that enhance the quality of life.”
“A significant advance,” said Pablo Escandón, involves
the case of the recent amendments to the Science and Technology reforms, constituting
a “a new legal framework that will provide enormous support to public research
centers that will encourage the long-awaited link between industry and the
scientific community in the public sector.”
“This initiative, Mr. President, along with other
historically important ones, such as Education and Energy Reform, will
undoubtedly constitute part of the significant legislative legacy of your
vision and commitment of your leadership have highlighted our legal framework
for the Mexico
of tomorrow, which give it the mark of a modern, competitive state faced with a
complex future,” he said.
He emphasized that the president’s state vision
encourages him to present various initiatives. “FUNSALUD and other civil society
organizations are prepared to submit various proposals, thereby contributing to
the construction of fair, equitable state public policies,” he said.
“FUNSALUD is here, Mr.
President, with the unwavering commitment to a changing Mexico that it is already facing a
complex, global world. Rest assured that you have our support and backing,
as well as that of organized civil society, constantly seeking alternatives to
address its health problems,” declared Pablo Escandón.