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Weekly Roundups

A Fourth COVID-19 Wave, Access, Innovation: The Week in Health

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 11/25/2021 - 15:14

Digitalization, innovation, healthcare rights and a fourth COVID-19 wave were among the main concerns this week. However, Mexico also has to address systemic gaps that difficult access to healthcare services.

Here is the week in health!

Fourth COVID-19 Wave

Mexico’s fourth COVID-19 might have begun this week, according to health officials. Cases are now increasing after 16 consecutive weeks of infection rates declining. Daily COVID-19 reports by the Health Ministry found a rise from under 18,000 active cases last Tuesday to 21,189 on Saturday. While health officials and politicians claim that cases will remain low, other regions such as the EU paint a different picture. Read more about the subject here.

Mexico’s Health System Revised

The recently released OECD Health at a Glance 2021 study highlighted the gaps of Mexico’s health system. Among the most urgent subjects to address are the sustained low GDP expenditure, a high number of preventable deaths, issues in primary care attention and satisfaction. The report also found a significant increase on mental health issues, which is a general call to action to member countries. Read a summary of Mexico’s performance here.

Woodsmoke is a Determinant of Lung Cancer

Inhaling smoke from the combustion of wood in closed spaces causes 35 percent of lung cancer cases in Mexico, according to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Nov. 17 in observation of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Awareness of the dangers of tobacco smoke and campaigns to reduce its consumption have caused lung cancer rates to decrease nationally by an average of 1.9 percent annually from 1990 to 2016, but there is room for improvement. Learn more here.

Digital Health Future: Request from Users

A survey by The Lancet, Financial Times Commission and UNICEF assessed the main concerns of younger individuals when using digital health tools. The main concerns include inaccurate health information, uncertainty about data privacy and concerns that digital technology would make them less physically active. Read the complete article here.

Logistic Power Expansion

As part of the celebration of its 60th anniversary, El Crisol began the construction of a distribution center in Queretaro that will help the company improve the operation of its branch offices and two subsidiaries and generate more jobs in the region.

Safe Abortion Access Yet to be Guaranteed

Accessing legal and safe abortion is still a challenge to many women, even in states where this medical practice has been legalized, found El Economista. Learn more about the subject here

Pandemic Increased Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance increased during the pandemic, according to PAHO. Data found that although only 7 percent of COVID-19 hospitalized patients require antimicrobials to treat a secondary infection, 90 percent of patients received them. To know more about the finding, read this article.

Mental Health Can No Longer be Neglected

Recent data from WHO indicated that mental health problems are among the 10 leading causes of disability in both developed and developing countries. In particular, depression is ranked third in the global burden of disease and is projected to rank first in 2030. This article describes the remaining barriers to access mental health treatments.

Public-Private Collaboration Encouraged by COPARMEX

COPARMEX proposed a plan to expand access to healthcare services for Mexicans during the inauguration of the 2021 National Health Forum: The Key to Reactivate a Healthy Mexico, held by the Mexican Employer’s Confederation (COPARMEX) during November 23 and 24. Learn more about this plan in this article.

View from the Top: 1DOC3

1DOC3 seeks to improve healthcare by making it more accessible to everyone through a continuously improving digital solution. Learn from Javier Cardona, Co-Founder and CEO, 1DOC3, about this health platform and its services, plans for Mexico here.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Journalist and Industry Analyst