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MEXICO CITY -- All Mexican children with cancer will receive free treatment as long as they need it, President Vicente Fox announced Thursday.
The announcement came as Fox inaugurated the Mexico City-based National Council for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer in Infants and Adolescents.
The council will serve as a clearinghouse for the "total treatment of this evil, which has become one of the principal health problems affecting children in our country," Fox said.
Currently, Mexico's social security system covers people who work in taxpaying jobs, while most people involved in the informal economy -- maids, street vendors, and farmers -- are left out. At least half of Mexico's employed population is estimated to work in the informal economy.
"With the council's help, in Mexico there no longer will be any child or adolescent with cancer who lacks the necessary medical and psychological attention," Fox said. "They will receive all of this completely free of charge and during the entire duration of their recovery." (AP)