In the last 20 years, the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Food Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ) has performed 363 bone marrow transplantations, which has increased 10-fold due to changes in treatment and coverage with the population of Seguro Popular.
At a press conference, Eucario León Rodríguez, coordinator of the Department of Hematology and Oncology and responsible for the program for the transplantation of hematopoietic progestogen cells of this institute, added that the survival of patients with transplantation increased by 60%.
He pointed out that the main problem faced by patients who needed bone marrow transplantation was their cost, a situation that was resolved two years ago when Seguro Popular incorporated this intervention into the disaster relief fund. "At present, 90% of such transplants carried out by the Institute no longer represent a higher expenditure for the patient."
It was November 15, 1979, when a group of experts from this institute, led by dr. Ricardo Sosa, performed the first bone marrow transplant in the country.
Since then, he has developed care programs and specialized courses.