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Submitted by Anonymous on
Your observation is valid, but intersectoral action for health does not imply that the role of health sector institutions such as a the Ministry of Health is to be downplayed. The contribution of health services, as you mention, is critical to prevent disease (e.g., immunization programs) or to treat diseases in a health facility once they develop (e.g. cancer) or to deal with emergency situations that require medical care (e.g., hemorrhage during child delivery or trauma after a car crash). So public health and medical care are integral parts of the intersectoral action for improving health conditions. Having said that, the public health arsenal will be enriched and good outcomes generated if other sectoral interventions are mobilized: e.g., excise taxation to make cigarrete consumption unaffordable, or police action to enforce laws to prevent drinking and driving. --Patricio