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FIGHT DIABETES, MEXICO´S GOVERNMENT PRIORITY: JOSÉ NARRO ROBLES08/04/2016
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- 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.
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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