This week the health sector faced many obstacles and limitations. A lingering stigma plagues the Mexican population with lung cancer and public health institutions face structural complications to support the affected population. Also, some states announced a lack of clinical testing for newborns and the retail giant Farmacias del Ahorro faces claims of corruption and environmental charges in Mexico City. In the international scenario, cases of measles increased when scientists thought the disease was contained.

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Gittaim Pamela Torres San Miguel, Director of the Sleep Clinic of HGR 1, explained that changing the clock ahead one hour in Summer Time can make people suffer from chronic fatigue and impaired cardiac cycles and can cause an overall disruption in a person’s biochemical processes.

On Friday, Deputy Secretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell said only Morelos, Puebla Quintana Roo, Mexico City, Veracruz and Guerrero will need to rely on local clinics to provide screening test while the government hires a new provider. The day before, the Ministry of Health announced 12 states stopped performing neonatal screening tests.

Farmacias del Ahorro faces criminal charges for corruption and environmental crimes in Mexico City. The NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity claims that between 2006 and 2018, the company has cut over 1,800 trees due to its expansion process.

Of the five most deadly types of cancers in Mexico – mamma, colon, prostate, cervical and lung – lung cancer is the only one not covered by Seguro Popular (SP). INCan explained there is a stigma that links this disease to smokers but 45 percent of lung cancer patients have never smoked.

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Two years ago, measles cases unexpectedly increased, rising 30 percent in a single year. Between 2000 and 2016 the WHO reported a decrease in measles cases of 80 percent. The organization declared medical systems in many countries remain to weak to vaccinate enough children, though anti-vaccine activist say these are false rumors and serious missteps by some vaccine companies have contributed to this global rebound.

Alessa Flores

by Alessa Flores

Industry Analyst and Journalist at Mexico Business Publishing

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