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Weekly Roundups

Continuity of Public Health Provision Compromised

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 07/28/2022 - 10:00

The public sector’s efforts to address healthcare matters have, so far, been insufficient to guarantee the provision of continuous, quality attention to citizens, warn experts.

Here is the week in health!

Cuban Doctors Arrive in Mexico to Address Medical Deficit

The first group of Cuban doctors hired to address the shortage of medical specialists in the country arrived in Nayarit and began working. Mexican medical professionals have been critical of how these jobs were offered to them, arguing that taking on the work would have posed a risk to their safety.

Children COVID-19 Vaccination Program at 20 Percent

Mexico started vaccinating children over five years old against COVID-19 during the last week of June 2022. By July 11, 2022, over 3 million children have received a COVID-19 vaccine, a progress of 20 percent, according to the Ministry of Health.

Insufficient Coverage of Pensions for People with Disabilities

The federal government's new pensions for people with disabilities had a much smaller reach than expected. Registration was carried out during June and aimed to reach 333,772 beneficiaries but only reached 15 percent of them, according to the organization Yo Tambien.

The General Health Council Fails to Meet for a Second Time

The General Health Council is scheduled to meet twice a year to discuss matters afflicting the Mexican public health sector but internal disagreements and an “internal crisis” led the organization to cancel this meeting, reports Animal Político.

WHO Convenes Emergency Committee as Monkeypox Cases Increase

The World Health Organization (WHO) convened the Monkeypox Emergency Committee to discuss the current status of the monkeypox outbreak and the health implications of the disease in 71 countries, which have reported over 14,000 cases.

MBN Analyses

For over two years, the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic has increasingly disrupted traditional health priorities and altered the criteria for public health prioritization. This has proved harmful to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, which threatens long-term outcomes, warn experts.

Access to healthcare in Mexico is often compromised by geographic, financial and accessibility barriers that jeopardize patient outcomes as well as their economies and that of the entire health system. While the current government’s focus is on health universality, expenditure and planning have been insufficient to achieve this goal.

Experts of the Week!

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst