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The health sector in Mexico reaches 2021 exhausted by COVID-19 and with complaints due to lack of medicines


#Xavier #Tello, surgeon and consultant in public health policies, pointed out that next year the #Mexican #Government will have important challenges and the most relevant will be vaccination against the coronavirus, which began to be applied last #Thursday, #December 24.

#By #Cristina Sánchez #Reyes

#Mexico, #Dec 31 (EFE) .– The healthcare system #Mexico faces a 2021 more pressured than ever with a pandemic that does not stop, exhausted health personnel and pending challenges such as avoiding corruption in the purchase of medicines, as well as the drug shortage in groups as sensitive as cancer patients.

“The panorama, in general, is quite bleak,” he lamented in an interview with EFE #Dr. #Xavier #Tello, surgeon and public policy consultant from #Health.

The specialist pointed out that next year the #Mexican #Government will have important challenges and the most relevant will be vaccination against coronavirus, which began to be applied last #Thursday, #December 24.

“The good news this year was that the vaccination target is 75 percent of the population over 16 years of age. #However, the vaccination plan is not the plan we were waiting for, ”said the expert.

Army personnel rest after being vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Heroico Colegio Militar in Mexico City on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

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#Army personnel rest after being vaccinated against COVID-19 at the #Heroico #Colegio #Militar in #Mexico #City on #Sunday, #December 27, 2020. #Photo: #Ginnette #Riquelme, AP

#Tello asserted that, despite what the federal authorities have reported, there is still no clear logistical organization that shows how inoculation will be at the national level to achieve the goal of having the majority of the population vaccinated in #March 2022.

“#We don’t see the details,” he lamented.

#Mexico has pre-purchased 34.4 million vaccines from the US company #Pfizer, as well as 77.4 million from the #British #AstraZeneca and 35 million from the #Chinese #CanSino, although these two have not yet been authorized for use in #Mexico.

PIECES IN PURCHASE OF MEDICINES

#Last #October, the #Mexican government announced that it would invest 100 billion pesos (just over 5 billion dollars) for the purchase of medicines in 2021, which would be carried out through the #United #Nations #Office for #Project #Services (UNOPS).

The objective, then detailed #President #Andrés #Manuel López #Obrador, was that through the agreement and with the support of this UN institution, it would be possible to obtain “all medicines, of good quality at a low price and without corruption in all the countries of the world”.

#For #Tello, this decision was not the appropriate one given that UNOPS “had neither the infrastructure nor the experience, it had only obtained some medicines for poor countries”.

Last September 2019, the federal government received methotrexate imported from France.

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#Last #September 2019, the federal government received methotrexate imported from #France. #Photo: #Cuartoscuro

#However, this mechanism has been full of setbacks, as #Mexican distributors still did not know at the beginning of this #December how they were going to be part of the UNOPS portfolio.

#But in addition, the sanitary registration of these drugs will also represent a challenge for the authorities since the #Ministry of #Health and the #Federal #Commission for the #Protection against #Sanitary #Risks (#Cofepris) will have to speed up the procedures for granting sanitary registries of medicines and foreign supplies, then that they have obtained, in their respective countries, certificates of safety, quality and efficacy.

UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, ANOTHER PENDING

The operation of the #Institute of #Health for #Well-being (#Insabi), which came into effect on #January 1, 2020 and promised free medical care and medicines as of #December 1, remains in limbo.

#And it is that this year deputies and senators approved modifications to the #General #Health #Law, which allows the 33 billion pesos of the #Welfare #Fund – formerly known as the #Catastrophic #Expenses #Fund – to pass to the flow of the #Treasury with the purpose to buy COVID-19 vaccines.

“The budget has not been increased. #It is clear that the #Government does not mind investing and with the needs of coronavirus, economic needs will increase. The government seems not to be prepared for it, ”said #Tello.

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#In addition to this, patients and activists have assured that to date the operating rules of the new institute have not been specified, so there are diseases that are not considered catastrophic and do not yet have that coverage.

In this Nov.30, 2020 file photo, Colonel Oscar Benavides Aguilar dons protective clothing as he prepares to treat patients at a military hospital set up to treat COVID-19 patients in Mexico City.

#In this #Nov.30, 2020 file photo, #Colonel #Oscar #Benavides #Aguilar dons protective clothing as he prepares to treat patients at a military hospital set up to care for COVID-19 patients in #Mexico #City. #Photo: #Marco #Ugarte, AP

“#Patients with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, do not have free medicines or care, some are dying throughout the country,” said #Paulina #Rosales, director of #Unidos, #Asociación #Pro #Trasplante de #Marrow.

There is also the shortage of medicines in the health sector, which worsened in the country due to budget cuts and changes in the way of buying medicines imposed by the López #Obrador government, has affected patients.

“#We no longer see the shortage as a government challenge, but rather we see hopelessness for 2021, we do not see political will to care for children with cancer and guarantee their treatments,” said #Israel #Rivas, spokesperson for parents of children with this disease.

#He indicated that next year will be crucial for them, because if the shortage continues, the parents will radicalize their movement.

“#We are fed up, it seems that the government’s amendment is that whoever has to die should die but we are no longer going to allow it,” he concluded.





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