atencion-primer-nivelThe Federal Health Ministry reported that they are working jointly with Mexican Academy of Surgery to improve the quality of health care nationwide.

During a joint meeting between both institutions, Pablo Kuri, Sub-Minister for Prevention and Health Promotion, representing the Federal Minister of Health Mercedes Juan, explained that such meetings help to forge links among the academic and operational perspective.

Kuri said the Academy acts as a key consultation component for the Government, by their scientific contributions in favor of Mexican society.

“These forums will allow us to reflect, make proposals and express concerns regarding public policies, contained in the health sector program 2013-2018,” he said.

Therefore, the Sub-Minister celebrated that issues related to 3 of the 6 objectives of the program were addressed in this forum: First, consolidating protection, promotion and prevention actions; second, reduce health risks affecting the population in any type of activity; and finally, advance in the construction of the National Universal Health System, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

Kuri reported to members of the Academy that the establishment of priority strategies, like strengthening the network of emergency obstetric care in the national health system during the period 2012-2013, allowed a decrease of 9.7 percent in maternal mortality, when previous years this figure was only 2 percent.

Francisco Navarro Reynoso, president of the Mexican Academy of Surgery, spoke about the advances obtained so far, and discussed the various projects to provide quality care, as well as those focused on improving the health sector.

Navarro said the Academy works in tandem with the Health Ministry to promote and collaborate on projects to improve quality of health care, education and research. Based on this, he mentioned that update courses are currently performed for all medical staff in both classrooms and online.

Finally, the president of the Academy emphasized that health care is not just the responsibility of the state but also of the general population.

The session was also attended by Sub-Minister of integration and development of the health sector, Eduardo González Pier, and the Commissioner of COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks), Mikel Arriola.

 Source: Secretaría de Salud (Mexico’s Ministry of Health)