In the midst of the controversy over the management to face the COVID-19 pandemic, the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, will have new powers.
Now they will be in charge of the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) and the National Commission Against Addictions (Conadic), according to a project sent to the Commission for Regulatory Improvement.
The plan includes organically assigning the decentralized units and bodies to the Ministry of Health (Ssa).
Since its creation in 2001, Cofepris, which is the most important regulatory body in the sector.
For its part, Conadic had remained as an independent unit within the structure of the Ssa since a reform in early 2015.
López Gatell, has been attending the pandemic full time. On July 4, he estimated that in a “very catastrophic” scenario, Mexico would have up to 60,000 deaths.
But the figure is yet to be exceeded. Yesterday 59 thousand 680 deaths were reported by COVID.
Now thirteen units will be assigned to the López-Gatell undersecretary.
The National Center for Blood Transfusion and the Psychiatric Care Services, which were previously attached to the Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals, will also be under his command.
The changes in unit assignment derive from two recent events. On the one hand, the elimination of Seguro Popular and the creation, in January 2020, of the National Institute of Health for Wellbeing (Insabi), which is a decentralized body, and therefore is not part of the central structure of the Ssa.
The elimination of Seguro Popular led to the disappearance of the National Commission for Social Protection in Health, which was a decentralized unit attached to the Secretary’s office.
The current Government also reduced to its minimum expression the Undersecretariat of Integration and Development, whose head, Asa Cristina Laurell, resigned last June due to differences with Secretary Jorge Alcocer.
The Undersecretary of Integration will continue to exist, but as an office under the control of the Secretary and without attached units.
Three of the four general directions that reported to Laurell, as well as the National Center for Technological Excellence in Health, will now be under the control of the new Economic Analysis Unit of the Ssa.