IMSS-Bienestar, INSP Celebrate Actions to Strengthen Healthcare
Institutions in Mexico keep working to improve the health of the Mexican population. IMSS-Bienestar is investing in equipment and personnel to strengthen hospital infrastructure across the country, while the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) is celebrating its 36th anniversary supporting the Mexican population.
Meanwhile, Mexico and the US have allied to fight the fentanyl crisis.
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Mexico, US to Limit Fentanyl Access
Mexico and the US seek to implement common initiatives to decrease the availability of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in both countries. “I had a broad and cordial conversation with Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the US, to discuss our bicentennial understanding and common actions to reduce the availability of fentanyl in our countries,” writes the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard on twitter. The fentanyl crisis represents one of the most critical healthcare issues for both Mexico and the US, and has been a key discussion topic in the latest meetings between both countries. Learn more about it on MBN.
Cervical Cancer: The Fourth Most Common Cancer Among Women
The WHO aims to eliminate cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer among women, by 2030. To do so, the organization is backing strategies linked to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and early detection. In seven years, the WHO expects for 90% of the world’s girls to be fully vaccinated against HPV by age 15. It also expects for 70% of women to be screened using a high-performance test once by age 35 and a second time by age 45. It also aims for 90% of women diagnosed with cervical cancer to receive treatment. Read the complete article here.
IMSS-Bienestar to Invest US$12.5 million in Equipment, Personnel
IMSS-Bienestar plans to replace 2,236 pieces of equipment at health centers and hospitals in Mexico thanks to a MX$236 million (US$12.5 million) investment. From October 2022, the country has allocated MX$10 million (US$532,791) to infrastructure and equipment, including acquiring vital signs monitors, stretchers and red trolleys for emergency areas within healthcare facilities, according to Zoé Robledo, Director General, IMSS. Read the complete story on MBN.
INSP Celebrates 36 Years
The National Public Health Institute (INSP) observed its 36th anniversary yesterday, celebrating decades of work strengthening the Mexican public health sector. The institute is responsible for research on healthcare, environmental and social policies in the country. Eduardo Lazcano Ponce, Director General, INSP, explained that the institute has been working for over 25 years in the development of a flagship project of the National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT), overseen by the Ministry of Health. Learn more about the INSP’s anniversary here.
Public-Private Alliances Key to Well-Being, Economic Development
To take the Mexican health industry to the next level, the country has to capitalize on some opportunities, including collaboration between the public and private sectors. Mexico has the potential to become a reference in innovation and medical tourism, says Patrick Devlyn, President of the Health Comission, CCE to MBN. “Mexico also needs to exploit the opportunity that medical tourism represents. Health services are highly expensive in the US and Canada so Mexico can offer these services in a less expensive and more effective way,” Devlyn tells MBN.