Mexican congress asks Health Secretariat to evaluate if there is an Influenza epidemic in Yucatan

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The Mexican Congress directed an appeal to the Ministry of Health to verify the health situation prevailing in the state of Yucatan, and eventually declare an epidemic of influenza AH1N1.

During the session of Wednesday July 18, the Congress of the Union Permanent Commission urged the Secretary of Health “to consider the availability of the necessary health services to attend immediately and in a timely manner anybody who presents the infectious Influenza AH1N1 symptoms, a virus which currently affects the state of Yucatán.”

Senator Daniel Ávila Ruiz, who promoted the point of agreement, declared that during the last few years Southeast Mexico has been one of the regions with the highest number of Influenza AH1N1 cases.

Ávila Ruiz explained that throughout 2018, four Influenza related deaths have been confirmed in Yucatán, and three in Quintana Roo.

“Between May 20 and July 12, a total of 13 deaths caused by Influenza have been confirmed in the country.”

Therefore, “it is urgent,” said Ávila Ruiz, “to provide sufficient vaccine doses for the population of Yucatan, as well as to implement the programs required for the application and for the dissemination of preventive measures.”

Representative Ricardo García Portilla (PRI), made a formal proposition to the Health Secretariat to evaluate the possibility of officially declare an Influenza AH1N1 epidemic in the state of Yucatán.

Meanwhile, representative Kathia María Bolio Pinelo (PAN), demands prevention measures be taken and to supply enough medicines, laboratory tests and medical equipment to combat the virus.

TYT Newsroom with information from El Universal





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