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Swine flu shows need for good public health systems world-wide

Beleaguered Mexican health care system ill-equipped, slow to respond to crisis.

by Amitabh Pal, The Progressive

May 1, 2009 — The swine flu demonstrates the need for vigorous public health systems the world around.

A major reason for the spread of the epidemic has been the sorry state of the Mexican health care structure.

"The beleaguered Mexican government is under sharp criticism for not moving faster to respond to the outbreak, not having the expertise to identify unfamiliar strains and not alerting global health organizations sooner," Newsday reports.

When the flu began taking its toll, Mexico didn't have a single facility to test for the virus, and so samples had to be sent to the United States and Canada. Mexican health officials were slow to pick up on the initial outbreak of the disease, and, by the government's own admission, still have not been able to reach out to the public in an effective manner.

Indeed, a Mexican schoolteacher says she knew something quite extraordinary was happening more than a month before the government opened its eyes when her schoolkids started falling systematically ill...

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  Swine Flu Shows Need for Good Public Health Systems, by Amitabh Pal, The Progressive, May 1 2009
  SWINE FLU: Mexico Faces Criticism Over Response, by Niko Price, Huffington Post, April 27 2009

Posted: May 07, 2009

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