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Mexico’s Health chief defends constitutional reform in the sector

Mexico, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Mexico's Health Secretary, Jorge Alcocer, on Tuesday defended the reform in the sector presented by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his package of 20 constitutional changes already in the hands of Congress.

Speaking at the presidential press conference dedicated on Tuesdays to this issue, the official said that the reform aims to bring the State’s obligation to constitutional level to provide care to all, in addition to banning the production, sale and consumption of harmful substances such as vapes and synthetic drugs, in particular fentanyl, it was reported at Tuesday’s presidential briefing.

Alcocer explained that all services in this area, like medical studies, equipment, necessary drugs and surgical interventions, should be included. To this end, an amendment to Article 4 of the Constitution was proposed.

He assured that the President’s initiative also seeks additions to Articles 4 and 5 of the Constitution to protect health by prohibiting the “production, distribution and execution” of vapes and other electronic cigarettes, as well as chemical drugs, particularly “fentanyl”.