The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and representatives of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization in Mexico (PAHO / WHO) and the United Nations (UN) are designing a strategy to standardize The country’s health system as a universal right, General Manager Zoe Robledo said.
In a virtual meeting of the IMSS authorities at the central level with heads of state decentralized administrative operations bodies (OOADs) and directors of highly specialized medical units (UMAE), The Director-General of the Institute welcomed the new representative of the Pan American Health Organization/WHO in Mexico, Miguel Mallo Serrano, as well as the UN Health Systems Services Consultant, Dr. Armando de Negri Filho.
Zoe Robledo stressed that the integration of the national health system is not just about the number of hospitals and level one units, “it is about a deeper element and that’s why It gives me a lot of confidence and passion to hear from two international officials With different paths and outcomes, we hope our path will be very successful.”
It was deemed appropriate to start managing these new international civil servants “Totally outside the purview of IMSS” and discussing the transformation of the health system Which started even harder at the beginning of this year.
In his message, Miguel Mallo Serrano, PAHO/WHO Representative in Mexico, said that the purpose of attending the Central Offices of Social Security was to certify PAHO support “for all outreach work with IMSS, Reflect on the very important leadership role that the Mexican Institute of Social Security is playing at this time In this proposal to transform the health system.”
He stressed that this is a very complex challenge due to the circumstances the country is going through, butIt has great potential to grant access to health services to all Mexicans, Without discrimination, ending the disparities between health and disease.
Malo Serrano noted that for this purpose the role of the owners of the IMSS representative offices will be essential, “they are the actors in the territory, and you in the states, you play a fundamental role. To be able to support the formulation and leadership of these operations taking place that will lead to improvements in the health and well-being of all Mexicans.”
On his part, the UN Health Systems Services Adviser, Dr. Armando de Negri Filho, stated that the health policy that is expected to have an impact, Dr.It must be related to the idea of well-being, that also venture into work environments, employment, salary, housing, and transportation conditions, In order to ensure greater justice and social equality.
He acknowledged that IMSS is an institution with different dimensions, “its knowledge and organizational heritage and historical journey, It serves us powerfully as a projection element what would be a national health policy, system and service; This will be very important in this ongoing process of federation of services under this new national system managed by IMSS-Well-being.”
Armando de Negri stressed that the pandemic has posed a challenge to rethink what it means Building a social security that protects everyone, “Mexico has had a very important moment in the face of great challenges and it is time to rise to them, and I hope to be able to contribute modestly to that effort as well.”
On this occasion, Felipe Cruz Vega, the technical coordinator for special projects in the Medical Benefits Directorate, explained that the safe hospital strategy It is part of the national policy for disaster risk reduction Enhancing the resilience of health facilities in the face of emergencies and disasters.
When comparing its importance, he explained that in the 1985 earthquake, 5,296 hospital beds were lost and 50 medical units collapsed, while in 2017, 952 beds were lost and no unit collapsed.
Cruz Vega reported that in June 2020, the coordination of health projects for the Directorate of Social Security Medicaid benefits was designated as PAHO-WHO Collaborating Center for Resilient Health Services.
In the IMSS Technical Council Chamber, the historical relationship between the Pan American Health Organization, which has been in place for 120 years, and Social Security, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary, is highlighted. “They have extraordinary strength in Their common goals and successful experiencesEspecially in the context in which the epidemic occurred.