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Baja & Border News Translations: Mexicali Pollution is 10x Above Normal; Congress Approves Reforms to Benefit Pregnant Women
Mexicali Pollution is 10x Above Normal (Uniradio Informa, 1/3/13)
MEXICALI, BC - Mexicali pollution exceeded by 10 times the quantities permitted due to the burning of rockets and fires during the first hours of the year. Stated it so the alderman of the green party and ecologist of Mexico (PVEM), Manuel Zamora Moreno, who referred to the smell of gunpowder and grey pollutant cloud.
Unfortunately, said the Alderman, Mexicali is not a network that monitors the air quality, so it makes takes its measurable standards from the network in the Imperial Valley, California.
He indicated that the air measurement points that there were in Mexicali because don't work because they are obsolete. At one time, that information was being uploaded to an online internet page; however, that is no longer the case. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo166777.html
Congress Approves Reforms to Benefit Pregnant Women (Uniradio Informa, 1/2/13)
MEXICALI, BC - In an ordinary session of the plenary Congress on December 20, opinions 27 and 30 of the Health Committee were approved, chaired by Mrs. Virginia Noriega Ríos, creating a State Network of Guidance and Support for pregnant women and also "expanded newborn screening" was established by law.
Through opinion number 27, parliamentary fractions of the PRI, PVEM, PEBC and PT reformed fraction IX of article 4 of the law on State Social assistance in order to create a statewide network of guidance and support to pregnant women through the system for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Baja California.
This network will receive the support of municipal bodies, committees, public institutions and civil society, so that they will contribute in a coordinated manner and transversally in a sense that they do not limit or restrict rights human, social, political, labor and especially the health of pregnant women. The foregoing aims precisely at preventing complications during pregnancy and childbirth as well as preventing death as a by-product of conception.
The ninth fraction of the article in question is as follows: "Create a statewide network of guidance and support to pregnant women in order to bring together, disseminate and make available various items, goods and services of government offices and public and private institutions to protect the State of gestation". Likewise, it was approved unanimously under opinion number 30 of the Health Committee, which is a reform that proposes maternal and child health care, taking into account the realization of "expanded newborn screening". This is a study that allows detection of serious and irreversible diseases (such as hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria) that may be a cause of mental retardation, epilepsy, blindness or other disorders. Expanded newborn screening can prevent and start treatment in a timely manner against these diseases.
The leader of this amendment to the law of the State in public health is legislator Marco Antonio Vizcarra Calderon, who in his explanatory statement pointed out that the reform is intended to promote implementation and utilization of scientific and medical knowledge that allows prompt diagnosis of more birth or metabolic disorders in newborn infants, which affords them to have in the future, a better quality of life. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo166774.html
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