- During the last year, the IMSS performed almost 23 million medical services for women.
- In addition to disease care, it also focuses on disease prevention and the promotion of self-care.
- All women must request their National Health Card to keep a record of all the care they should receive.
The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) has the tools to help beneficiary women guide them on the path to health through the culture of prevention and timely detection of chronic diseases. To achieve this, he works hard and the result is that during the last year, almost 23 million medical services and preventive check-ups in this sector of the population.
Broken down, around 9 million were detected for diabetes mellitus, 21 million for arterial hypertension, more than 900,000 for breast cancer by mammography, and an estimated 2,930,000 for cervical cancer.
The most common attentions in women
The coordinator of Medical Programs attached to the Coordination of First Level Units, Dr. Roxana Katya Avelino Solís, highlighted that the diseases most frequently treated by the IMSS during 2022 were: heart conditions, COVID-19, diabetes mellitus, arthropathies, trauma, and medical services for pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium.
under the International Women’s Dayexplained that medical attention was provided to almost 9 million women due to heart disease, to just over 3 million due to COVID-19, around 3 million due to diabetes mellitus, and an estimated 2.5 million diagnosed with arthropathies, due to traumatisms were more than one million 400 thousand women and, in the care of pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium, almost 3 million beneficiaries were attended.
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Dr. Avelino Solís commented that these results are positive and reflect that work is in the right direction because the beneficiaries identify PrevenIMSS. However, she indicated that it should be continued and strengthen this awareness of self-care and detection in disease prevention.
“What we need is for them to attend in a more specific way, because we come from two very difficult years and today more than ever it is important to carry out timely detections, emphasizing the prevention and detection of diseases, these diseases that for all the world seem to be very everyday but over time they create chronic diseases, cancers that hurt society a lot”.
He said that an innovative action that was carried out last year at the Institute was to strengthen preventive actions through preventIMSS in hospitals for those women and older adults who for some reason cannot go to their Family Medicine Unit (UMF) but have to go to the hospital, where they can find a module, perform preventive care with health personnel.
“Come, take your National Health Card and ask any hospital staff, surely they will guide you to reach this module with the Nursing staff.”
Roxana Katya Avelino maintained that The IMSS has been concerned to create strategies and make a new direction in search of older adult women to prevent diseases. For this, there are different educational and health promotion programs where the Nursing, Nutrition, and Social Work personnel know and are aware of the different programs that include PrevenIMSS to promote education on chronic diseases.
He added that women are a fundamental part of families and promote their self-care it means contributing to a healthier society, “becomes an example in the nucleus of your family with healthy habits, with fewer risks and of course those who live at home also acquire these same habits”.
The Epidemiology specialist stressed that the Institute’s commitment to women’s health is to continue with the institutional mission and vision for all workers and their families, which translates into an increase in population coverage with a social meaning.
“We serve Mexican beneficiaries according to their age, where we identify risk factors, early detection and diagnosis of diseases, vaccine application, prenatal and postpartum surveillance, sexual health information, family planning, and nutritional status evaluation.”
He explained that as a whole all these actions cover the health of women in their programs in the National Health Cards, in girls and boys from 0 to 9 years old, in adolescents from 10 to 19 years old, of women aged 20 to 59 years and, in the older adult who is 60 years and over.
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