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Mexico to strengthen health cooperation with China: minister

08-09-2010 08:59 BJT

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- New projects will be launched soon in health cooperation between Mexico and China, Mexico's Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova says.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Cordova said both Mexico and China were willing to strengthen their cooperation in the health sector.

Mexico is interested in purchasing A/H1N1 flu vaccine from China and hopes to share information with China on epidemiological vigilance and human resources.

"There is a sincere friendship between the two countries and their ties will be strengthened," Cordova said.

According to the minister, Mexico has initiated a project to promote the fight against malaria and dengue -- the two common diseases in the region -- and other health causes.

Speak of last year's A/H1N1 flu epidemic, Cordova praised Mexican people for their "extraordinary" reaction during the crisis.

Advising people to stay at home and go to see the doctor once having any flu symptoms "were among the things that helped Mexico contain the crisis," Cordova said.

On the issue of drug legalization, Cordova said it is not a solution to drug problems, as it would harm the health of Mexican people and boost consumption.

"It would truly be a catastrophe," the minister said.

Drug addiction has become one of the gravest health issues in the country because of the increased access to "addictive and illegal substances," he added.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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