FIGHT DIABETES, MEXICO´S GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: JOSÉ NARRO ROBLES

FIGHT DIABETES, MEXICO´S GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: JOSÉ NARRO ROBLES

08/04/2016 0 Di puntoacapo

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070416 Día Mundial de la Salud 2016 01 (1)FIGHT DIABETES, MEXICO´S GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: JOSÉ NARRO ROBLES

  • Mexico´s Min­is­ter of Health called to Mex­i­cans to invest in their health by adopt­ing healthy habits.
  • Mex­i­co, leader and exam­ple for the world in pre­ven­tion and con­trol of dia­betes with pub­lic health actions, health care improve­ment and the use of fis­cal poli­cies: PAHO
  • Tech­ni­cal Meet­ing on Dia­betes in the Amer­i­c­as was held in the frame­work of World Health Day 2016 with the slo­gan: “Speed up, beat Dia­betes”

 Every year in Mex­i­co, 90 thou­sand peo­ple dead because of dia­betes, which rep­re­sents that one in every 7 deaths are in con­se­quence of this dis­ease, said Mexico´s Min­is­ter of Health, Dr. Jose Nar­ro Rob­les, who called Mex­i­cans to invest in their health through the adop­tion of healthy habits such as healthy eat­ing, phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and edu­ca­tion to chil­dren and youth.

Accom­pa­nied by Direc­tor Gen­er­al of the Pan Amer­i­can Health Orga­ni­za­tion (PAHO), Caris­sa F. Eti­enne, the health Min­is­ter inau­gu­rat­ed the Tech­ni­cal Meet­ing on Dia­betes in the Amer­i­c­as, held in the frame­work of the cel­e­bra­tion of World Health Day 2016, with the slo­gan: “Speed up, beat Dia­betes”.

In front of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent health min­is­ters of the Amer­i­c­as Region, state direc­tors of health pro­mo­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civ­il soci­ety, Nar­ro Rob­les stressed the impor­tance of this meet­ing, because it is required to raise aware­ness that this dis­ease is a pri­or­i­ty and rep­re­sents a great chal­lenge, for which the coun­try has been work­ing for almost three years with the Nation­al Strat­e­gy for Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol of Over­weight, Obe­si­ty and Dia­betes.

He said that he is con­vinced that dia­betes can be beat, but to do it is nec­es­sary the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the soci­ety through pub­lic poli­cies that get home, school and work sites.

We need to focus our efforts on con­vinc­ing that the large invest­ment that a human being can do, is not in an account or on the Stock Exchange, but in their own health. “That’s where the pop­u­la­tion can be pos­i­tive­ly affect­ed, and can make it with their active par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he reflect­ed.

070416 Día Mundial de la Salud 2016 02 (1)This pro­gram, he explained, requires the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all actors in soci­ety. “If we are able to mobi­lize the pop­u­la­tion, we will not have peo­ple who do not know they have dia­betes and that their first diag­no­sis is record­ed when they reach to an emer­gency room in shock.”

The Health Min­is­ter said that it is nec­es­sary that the nations of the region “make a stop along the way” to ask where we are, to ana­lyze what works and what needs to be mod­i­fied, where should do more actions and how they will speed up and beat dia­betes.

In her turn, the direc­tor of PAHO, Caris­sa F. Eti­enne, high­light­ed the glob­al lead­er­ship that Mex­i­co has on the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of dia­betes with pub­lic health actions, health care improve­ment and the use of fis­cal poli­cies.

She stressed the deci­sion to estab­lish the tax increase on sug­ary drinks, which have suc­ceed­ed in reduc­ing soft drinks con­sump­tion by six per­cent in one year, which places Mex­i­co as a world leader in this field.

She report­ed that this tax pol­i­cy has been repli­cat­ed in nations like Bar­ba­dos and Domini­ca, and invit­ed oth­er coun­tries from region to cre­ate tax­es on sug­ary drinks.

To sup­port this rec­om­men­da­tion, she said, PAHO doc­u­ment­ed the Mex­i­can expe­ri­ence, in order to be known thor­ough this meet­ing and ana­lyze the pos­si­bil­i­ty that more nations adopt it.

The gen­er­al direc­tor of PAHO not­ed that the issue of dia­betes on World Health Day 2016 seeks to inten­si­fy pub­lic health actions to pre­vent the dis­ease and its com­pli­ca­tions, improve diag­no­sis and con­trol, as well as pro­vide care and access to treat­ment for all who need them.

Caris­sa Eti­enne set­tled: the dia­betes and its draw­backs cause dis­abil­i­ty, cat­a­stroph­ic expens­es, impov­er­ish­ment and remove years of life. The sta­tis­tics are known and alarm­ing. On aver­age one in 10 peo­ple have dia­betes in the Amer­i­c­as.

She report­ed that the preva­lence of this dis­ease in the Region of the Amer­i­c­as has grown fast. The num­ber of peo­ple affect­ed has tripled in just over 30 years.

This is how we have gone from around 18 mil­lion peo­ple with dia­betes in 1980 to 62 mil­lion in 2014. If the cur­rent trend con­tin­ues, there will be over 100 mil­lion peo­ple with the dis­ease by 2040.

It is, she warned, an epi­dem­ic with dev­as­tat­ing effects on both, the qual­i­ty of life of those affect­ed and their fam­i­lies, but also for the economies of coun­tries and health sys­tems.

Final­ly, she added, only in 2014 the coun­tries of the region spent more than 380 bil­lion dol­lars in care asso­ci­at­ed with dia­betes. “If we do not act now the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of health sys­tems will be affect­ed.”

The under­sec­re­taries of Pre­ven­tion and Health Pro­mo­tion and Inte­gra­tion and Devel­op­ment of Health, Pablo Kuri Morales and Jose Mel­jem Moctezu­ma, respec­tive­ly attend­ed the open­ing of the meet­ing. ISSSTE med­ical direc­tor, Manuel Navar­ro Mene­ses; the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of PAHO / WHO in Mex­i­co, Ger­ry Eijke­mans, and Mr. Mario Luis Kreutzberg­er Blu­men­feld, bet­ter known as Don Fran­cis­co, Cham­pi­on of Health from PAHO / WHO, among oth­ers, also par­tic­i­pat­ed in this meet­ing

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