Secretary of Health Increases Flu Vaccines (El Mexicano 12/20/12 by Hilario Ochoa Movis)

TIJUANA, BC - The Baja California Secretary of Health increased the number of available seasonal influenza vaccines from 181,580 to 281,580 so more people, mainly children and the elderly, could receive their dose to prevent diseases associated with the winter season. Dr. José Bustamante Moreno, head of the State unit, ensured there are enough vaccines in all units of the health sector to protect the population, especially those who have risk factors such as children under the age of 5 years old, pregnant women, people with morbid obesity, and those suffering from diabetes, HIV or AIDS, tuberculosis or asthma problems.

It was reported that all the institutions in the health sector (IMSS, ISSSTE, ISSSTECALI and Ministry of Health) have 601,750 doses and all persons who have more than one year since being vaccinated against this disease are invited to go to their local health unit to get immunized against this disease. The Baja California Secretariat of Health argued that there were 181,580 doses, but with an increased population he sought another 100,000 vaccines, so there is enough available in health centers for the at risk population.

Doctor Bustamante calls on the population to maintain preventive measures to avoid the spread of respiratory infections, which includes the seasonal flu known as H1N1, and those whose are already suffering symptoms expected in the winter season. The official said this season ailments related to the winter season, mainly respiratory diseases are expected to increase by 30%. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/12/20/637800/incrementa-secretaria-de-salud-vacunas-contra-la-influenza.aspx

Improved Security Image in Mexico is Sought (El Mexicano 12/20/12)

MEXICO CITY - The Governments of Mexico and the United States will work together to modify the security image to American visitors in our country, said Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Tourism. "The intent is to build a real perception of what is happening in Mexico and modify the image given by travel alerts issued by U.S. authorities in terms of insecurity," she said at her first formal lecture to media.

The Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur) stressed that the country has many destinations to enjoy and they are safe for both national and international tourists, so it is important the American market knows this reality and we generate a greater flow of tourists. She added that it will work in coordination with the Foreign Ministry and Ambassadors of Mexico to shape awareness abroad. The intention was well received by the United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.

At the moment, she said that during the season. holiday hotel occupancy is between 70% and 100%, mainly in sunny beach areas, emphasizing the Riviera Maya because of the fury related to the "end of the Mayan Era ". Added to this, Ruiz Massieu Salinas, it will seek to consolidate some of the most important tourist destinations, giving them added value, as well as to find new market niches as priority topics to strengthen the sector.

"Through analysis, we will begin to define strategy and give the first proposals during the initial weeks of 2013, supported with ambitious and viable goals on the basis of capacity," she stressed. The official emphasized that special attention to domestic tourism will be formulated to specific public policies for niches and will continue with the program of "Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns)".

She also said Tianguis Turistico will be held biannualy at the port of Acapulco starting in 2015. Local authorities have two and a half years to restore security conditions and economic recovery there. Guerrero Puebla will be hosted in Cancun during 2013 and 2014. In reference to the event, she explained that the city’s requirements will be redefined from the yields at Tianguis, in terms of rooms, national and international air traffic infrastructure, land travel connectivity, communications, human resources, facilities, among other issues.

These commitments will be the pillars of activities to meet a National Plan of Development through a policy of promotion and tourism development that has real measurable results in the medium and long term. The dynamics of the sector are taken into account to raise restructuring with a new regulation that will be announced in the coming weeks. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/2/nacional/2012/12/20/637888/buscaran-dar-imagen-de-seguridad-en-mexico.aspx

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