The Mexican doctor, José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, was honored at PAHO headquarters in Washington for his years of work as head of the Ministry of Health of his country (2006-2011) and his contributions to health in the Americas.
Some actions that characterized the administration of the former health secretary was the American Declaration on HIV and Education, the International Convention of HIV/AIDS held in Mexico, the Mexican convention on the control of tobacco, and the H1N1 flu pandemic.
“It’s a trascendental time in my life as a physician and as mexican to have contributed to the health of mexicans and of the Americas,” Córdova said, adding: “Men go, but institutions remain, and what matters is being able to work with commitment and passion. ”
The Mexican doctor recalled that one of the most important moments of his career as head of the Mexican health portfolio during the H1N1 pandemic, noting “the support of PAHO Director Mirta Roses, director general Margaret Chan, as well as the United States and Canada, “which allowed” to prevent further damage to other countries in the region, to benefit the health of everyone, “he said.
Former Mexican Health Secretary left his post to run for governor of Guanajuato. His replacement is the current Minister Chertorivski Woldemberg Solomon, who took office on 9 September. “Health is in very good hands,” Córdova said.