Hugo López-Gatell, undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, said that "I would gladly accept" the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO) to join the group of international experts in the range of epidemiology of infectious diseasesWhich, he pointed out, is his specialty.
"For me it is an enormous privilege, a distinction, I have absolute respect for the World Health Organization and I would certainly gladly accept once the consent of the Mexican government is formalized that it will have to be turned through the chancellery and as soon as the organization contacts me, I will be ready to fulfill that task. ”he pointed out during the afternoon press conference this Sunday.
This pronouncement came after the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that two days ago he received the invitation of the organization belonging to the United Nations (UN) so that López-Gatell was part of the committee of international experts.
"Two days ago I received a notification from the World Health Organization where Dr. Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez is nominated to participate in the group of experts of international health regulations from the World Health Organization. It is a well-deserved recognition to Dr. López-Gatell ”, he said during a video broadcast live on his social networks.
On the mention of the president, the undersecretary thanked and pointed out that it was more of a distinction to Mexico than to his person.
He explained that the International Health Regulations are a circulating legal document for all the member states of the WHO and that in its current version of 2005, changes were established in the practices of surveillance, prevention, control, response, preparation, recovery, among other. Highlighting what refers to acute events of international interest, such as epidemics or pandemics.
In addition, he explained that within the organization's considerations is to establish a group of experts belonging to the different professional communities around the world to carry out the task of analyzing phenomena referred.
"And among these regulations, it is considered that a group of experts and This is the name of the list of experts who represent the different professional communities of the world and who participate in the different processes of reflection, analysis, at the time also examining the responses of both the countries and the organization itself to this type of phenomenon, "he said.
Regarding the position that is vacant for Dr. López-Gatell is the epidemiology of infectious diseases, about what he said:
"People are invited as experts, there is no nationality quota nor do they necessarily have to be civil servants and government officials. The current case is that the invitation has been addressed to the Mexican government to give the consent of Dr. Hugo López-Gatell to join the list of international experts in a specific capacity that is epidemiology of infectious diseases which is indeed my professional training ”.
The official noted that he had previously been extended an invitation to join the same group in 2013, however, the Mexican government at the time, which had to give authorization to López-Gatell, showed no interest in this regard.
“He had the privilege of having been originally considered for this in 2013, at the time the consent of the government of Mexico was requested and for some reason there seems to have been no enthusiasm about it"he accused.
"Now I have the privilege of having been invited again and the invitation letter is formulated to the government of Mexico so that if it announces it, then I was contacted directly by the World Health Organization and the process is fulfilled. The application is made by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which is the regional office in the American continent, it is processed in the corresponding regulatory offices at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland and finally the decision is made. ”
Lastly, the undersecretary emphasized the great responsibility of the position, since within his occupations are the analysis of the entire response to obtain useful lessons learned for everyone taking advantage of the best experiences in each country.
"I would gladly accept the encomienda, which among its occupations will have the analysis of the response to the pandemic of # COVID19, the best experiences in each country and the lessons learned"He detailed in his twitter account.
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