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Non-Communicable Diseases Return to the Spotlight

By Miriam Bello | Wed, 04/06/2022 - 12:32

Two years after the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mexico’s largest healthcare provider will redirect its focus to the prevention of non-communicable diseases. These diseases represent the country’s largest health burden and were in the center of its national healthcare strategy for decades.

Here is the week in health!

New Law Mandates the Use of Generic Names in Prescriptions

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approved a reform of the General Health Law that mandates the use of the generic drug names in medical prescriptions, rather than brand names. The publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) states that medications will be identified by their generic and distinctive names during their use, prescription and marketing.

IMSS Adapts Priorities to the New Normal

IMSS Director, Zoé Robledo, said that the institute will work to support the “new normal” in the health and labor fields. IMSS aims to transform both sectors with the knowledge gained from the COVID-19 health crisis. Thus, the institute will focus on preventing the diseases that can be avoided through a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Learn IMSS´ complete action plan in the full article. 

Bayer Set to Continue Investing in Mexico

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in Mexico, multinational company Bayer announced the investment of US$358 million during the next three years in its pharmaceutical, consumer and agriculture divisions under the slogan “Health for all, no one hungry.” The investment will be supported by additional events and national campaigns.

COFEPRIS Authorized Pfizer Vaccine for Mexican Children

On Mar. 03, 2022, COFEPRIS announced the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between five to 11 years old in emergency cases. The vaccine for children has different components from the adult one and requires only one dose. Mexico’s Health Deputy, Hugo López-Gatell, is being criticized for not communicating the approval before it circulated in social media.

Mexico Ignored WHO Vaccination Standards: Amnesty International

While half of Mexico’s population received the full COVID-19 vaccination during 2021, the local government ignored WHO’s standards, according to Amnesty International’s 2021/22 Global Analysis and Regional Overviews report.

Operation Smile Successfully Treats Cleft Lip, Palate

Operation Smile and the Mexican Hospital Consortium (CMH) performed 18 cleft lip and palate surgeries at CMH’s associated Hospital Sharp, located in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. “We will continue joining forces for the benefit of Mexican families,” said CMH via LinkedIn.

Mental Health Requires New Approach after COVID-19

A report by the Belisario Domínguez Institute of the Senate of the Republic on the right to mental health after COVID-19 found that public institutions need to reassess and reorganize mental health services.

Smoking, Firewood Burning Among the Top Causes of Lung Cancer

Every April 5, Mexico observes the National Lung Cancer Day to raise awareness on this deadly disease, an important challenge for public health and one of the main causes of death in the country. Lung cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in men and the third most commonly occurring cancer in women. In 2020, it was estimated that about 2 million Mexicans suffered from lung cancer, with 7,811 new cases registered that year and 6,744 deaths caused by this disease.

The Human Genome is Complete

A group of 100 scientists managed to completely sequence the human genome for the first time. Until recently, only 92 percent of it was known as a result of a work published in 2003 by the Human Genome Project. The complete genome will allow experts to analyze genetic diseases and explore genetic variations between people.

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