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Cofepris issues High Health Directive in Mexico after cases of meningitis in Durango

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The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) issued a High Health Directive addressed to all health care establishments that perform surgical or obstetric acts, to strengthen or, where appropriate, implement sanitary measures, among which are listed: have Sanitary License and Notice of Sanitary Manager, that the surgical units have restricted access, that they have a Committee for the Detection of Nosocomial Infections, and verify that the health personnel have credentials for the exercise of their profession.

The purpose is to avoid risks for the patients they attend, due to contamination of areas, instruments, medical devices or medicines that are supplied to people and that pThey can be derived from bad practices in the management of theseor for the supply of falsified, adulterated or substandard quality health supplies.

The foregoing, after an outbreak of meningitis occurred in Durango caused by the contamination of the anesthetic medication by the fungus “Fusarium solani”, which has caused the death of 22 people and 71 confirmed cases.

Likewise, Cofepris announced that it will initiate the National Supervision and Technical Surveillance Plan in the execution, development and compliance of actions in health matters carried out by the 32 federal entities, as part of the policy to strengthen the Federal Health System.

With the High Health Directive, the commission indicates the conditions that hospitals must meet to prevent possible contamination of areas, supplies or medical devices, as well as timely detection of infections. All elements are based on current health regulations, in order to protect people’s health.

Cofepris also issued a letter addressed to the 32 state Health Secretariats to urge them to strengthen surveillance, authorization, control, and health promotion in hospitals that offer aesthetic, obstetric, and/or surgical services.

In the official document, the federal authority requests to reinforce the actions carried out by state health authorities, who must ensure policy compliancerequirements, guidelines, procedures, as well as legal and administrative provisions established by this federal commission for this type of establishment.

In the event of identifying health risks, security measures must be immediately implemented and Cofepris informed in a timely manner, regarding the suspension of activities, product withdrawal and/or protection measures applied.

The warrant also specifies that all establishments that oroffer aesthetic, obstetric and/or surgical services they must strictly comply with the sanitary provisions for the safe obtaining, handling and disposal of controlled drugs in institutions.

Among the main elements to guarantee protection against health risks, the following also stand out: Include critical systems such as water, ventilation, CEyE, as well as the infrastructure and equipment of white areas; and regarding the acquisition, reception, conservation, documentation, traceability, risk prevention, destruction, pharmacovigilance, technovigilance of medical devices, drugs and controlled medicines, all clinics and establishments must comply with the provisions of the Supplement for establishments dedicated to the sale and supply of medicines and other health supplies from the Pharmacopoeia of the United Mexican States (FEUM) sixth edition.

Cofepris invites the general population to take part in active surveillance by reporting those health establishments that represent a health risk through the website www.gob.mx/cofepris, by calling 800 033 5050 or directly to the health authority. corresponding in the 32 states.

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