Carlos Slim Foundation Contributes to Reinforce Measures to Control Obesity and Diabetes

During the XXXIII National Meeting of the Federal Sanitary System, the Ministry of Health and the heads of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk(COFEPRIS) and state public health laboratories declared a frontal fight against pirate or irregular products. In addition, they announced reinforcing tasks to combat overweightobesity and diabetes. Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that over 98 thousand people die per year from diabetes in Mexico, which represents high social and economic costs to the country.

As a prevention measure, it was released an agreement between COFEPRIS and the National Chamber of Restaurants and Food Industry (CANIRAC). The objective of this agreement is make aware population of their calorie intake. For that, the establishments affiliated to CANIRAC have agreed to include in their menus, signs and boards, the calories contained in all the food and non-alcoholic drinks products offered to the public, as well as the percentage they represent in the daily diet.

This action aims strengthening prevention efforts to control overweightobesity and diabetes among a sector of the population. In a first stage, the campaign will begin in the states of Yucatan, Puebla, Nuevo Leon and Sonora. Later it will advance to the rest of the country, with the goal of reaching more than 400 thousand CANIRAC-affiliated establishments, dedicated to the sale of prepared foods.

To fight against diabetes, Dr. Jesus Felipe Gonzalez Roldan, General Director of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, also participated in the meeting, where he presented the Strategy for Early Detection of Diabetes in doctor offices located in pharmacies. This strategy, run together with the Carlos Slim Foundation, will allow providing timely treatment and monitoring to patients with this disease.

On the front against irregular products, COFEPRIS Commissioner Julio Sanchez y Tepozsaid: “The task of the Federal Sanitary System is essential to protect the health of the population; therefore, it is important to work together in this task. As the Federal Health System, we are very clear on our obligation to ensure the health of Mexicans and to continue working to combat everything that may put it at risk. We cannot lower our guard. We must strengthen the sanitary control of products and services,” he said.

According to information presented by Sanchez and Tepoz, from 2010 to 2017 COFEPRIS has secured 45 million “miracle” products in the country, 311 million irregular cigarettes, 53 million liters of illegal alcohol and 533 tons of medicines.

For three days, the representatives of the health agencies in the country addressed issues such as control checks at establishments to identify unregistered, out-of-date, or illegal supplies; as well as verification of tobacco smoke standard in business and working areas and the health surveillance model.

Likewise, they analyzed the Decalogue for Transparency for the Procurement of Health Inputs, the new regulation on marijuana, the work of the National Network of Public Health Laboratories, water monitoring, quality management systems and the operation of Comprehensive Service Centers, among others.

Carlos Slim Foundation signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Ministry of Health of Mexico City, which combined MAPI (Integral Primary Care Model), program developed by the Foundation, and Mexico City’s Médico en Tu Casa (Doctor at your house). The alliance of these two programs, of proven success and high complementarity, allows bringing health services to the homes of Mexico City, through a systematic scheme and using technological innovations developed by the Foundation.

By reaching Mexico City’s homes directly, their inhabitants will be able to undergo medical check-up, in their dwelling, granting immediate results to detect obesitydiabetes and/or hypertension. Through these programs, pregnant women are also valued, and the vaccination status of children under 5 years is known. In cases where a person is found at risk or with a disease, immediate attention can be given or can referred to the government health centers for care. Initial results have shown that 5% of people tested in their homes have diabetes and did not know it; and up to 37% were hypertensive. Providing this information in a timely manner allows people to become aware of and initiate treatment on time, before there are serious complications.