“Let’s talk about depression”, Mexico City joins WHO campaign
The head of government, Miguel Angel Mancera, said that in the capital there are more than 329,000 cases of depression, although it is estimated that there would be a higher figure because there are people who are not diagnosed or seeking treatment.
During International Health Day, which this year emphasizes mental illness and in particular depression, the mayor said that this evil affects more than 300 million people in the world.
In the Zócalo, where the Health Fair was set up to carry out health check-ups – and even pet sterilization – he announced that his government joined the World Health Organization (WHO) campaign “Let’s talk about depression”.
Mancera Espinosa warned that in the capital “for every case detected in women, there are seven more that are not, and in the case of men, there are up to 10 more.”
The city is working on new forms and prevention strategies, reinforcing the work against addictions, and supporting young people in the Hospital of Emotions where Mexico City is preventing young people from committing suicide.
The government also works with specialized clinics, such as autism, in conjunction with the National Institute of Psychiatry or through equine therapy offered free of charge.
Soon the city will have a specialized clinic for children with Down Syndrome, and another for older adults with diabetes, as well as a dentistry also for the elderly adult population.
“There will be a whole strategy of ‘Doctor in your House’ for about three million homes. We will be in the streets, in the delegations, with brigades, looking for people, in this fight to bring health to all,” he added.
He announced that after 50 years, the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) will build a hospital the size of 20 de Novembre in Tláhuac, which “means employment, sources of work, health care.”
There will be another one in the Roma colony that will also be a general hospital in charge of the ISSSTE; In addition, of reconstruction works in the hospital of Cuajimalpa.
The head of government warned of the importance of the fight against Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, which is increasingly found among the population.
Mancera invited the population to visit the Zocalo to participate in this fair, where specialists offer consultations in visual, sexual and oral health; As well as on dermatological and psychological conditions, and care for pets.
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