IMSS-Bienestar Expands, Adds Traditional Medicine Programs
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IMSS-Bienestar Expands, Adds Traditional Medicine Programs

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 10:15

IMSS-Bienestar is increasingly integrating traditional medicine into public health services. Before joining IMSS-Bienestar, Hidalgo carried out a census to evaluate its medical capabilities, which identified 65 areas to improve. In addition, the US and Mexico’s new binational campaign will be the largest joint effort to address the fentanyl crisis.

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IMSS-Bienestar Adds Traditional Medicine Programs

IMSS-Bienestar is implementing strategies to promote and preserve traditional medical practices. This administration has invested over MX$10 million (US$530,690) to support 129 promoters of traditional medicine to implement prevention and diffusion activities in communities. 

Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (T&CM) is an important part of health care, as reported by WHO. Since 2018, 170 WHO Member States have acknowledged they use T&CM, as reported by MBN. 

IMSS-Bienestar Expands to Hidalgo

Hidalgo is working to join the IMSS-Bienestar program, a process that first involved a census to evaluate the state’s medical devices, infrastructure and human, financial and material resources. Through the census, IMSS identified a deficit of over 4,000 health professionals and the need for 8,000 medical devices. 

The evaluation found multiple areas to improve, such as the lack of quality standards for the water used in hospitals. IMSS concluded that 65 improvement actions are needed in the state.

Institutions Join Forces to Ensure Violence-Free Healthcare

High specialty hospitals and health institutes committed to prevent violence and harassment against women and to punish perpetrators. In conjunction with INMUJERES, these healthcare institutions signed the Statement Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment to ensure that women have a violence-free experience as both employees and users of these facilities.

US, Mexico Team Up to Combat Fentanyl

The governments of Mexico and the US will launch a binational campaign to combat fentanyl trafficking and consumption. The Mexican government assured that a proposal by Republican Party representatives to carry out military intervention in Mexico was not discussed at this meeting because it was rejected before. 

On March 9, 2023, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard met with US Homeland Security Advisor, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, to discuss possible strategies to deal with the fentanyl crisis in both countries. The meeting was also attended by the US Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar; the Minister of National Defense, Luis Crescencio Sandoval, and the Minister of Public and Citizen Security, Rosa Icela Rodríguez.

Xebra Gets Authorization to Cultivate, Sell Cannabis in Mexico

COFEPRIS granted Xebra Mexico authorization for the cultivation, processing, production and commercialization of industrial cannabis. This is the first time the country granted a permit for full cultivation, harvesting, processing and commercial activities to a corporate entity, says Jay Garnett, CEO, Xebra Brands. 

The entire cannabis industry is expected to foresee a "New Golden Age" due to changes to global regulations and new markets, according to Raul Elizalde, CEO, HempMeds. However, while some companies enjoy legal protection to sell CBD-based products in Mexico, the only legal cannabis products allowed in Mexico, aside from those by Xebra, are prescribed medications. 

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