French Government Légion d’honneur for Mexican Health Minister!
Mexican Health Secretary José Angel Córdova Villalobos was invested as Knight of the Légion d´honneur at the Elysée Palace by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his role in the control of the A(H1N1) flu crisis.
The Légion d’honneur or Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur or National Order of the Legion of Honour” is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul of the First Republic, on May 19th 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is awarded for excellent civil or military conduct delivered, upon official investigation.
Although harshly criticized at the outbreak of the flu, the Mexican Government´s response and management of the crisis helped prevent and successfully mitigate a pandemic.
The A(H1N1) measures and policies implemented to control the outbreak of the flu, such as schools and business shutdowns, may have cost Mexican people around 4 billion USD.
His outstanding work in the fight against A(H1N1) flu has also been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO), China, and the French National Institute of Advanced Studies in Security and Justice, among other governments, analysts, and institutions.
Among those that have received this distinction over the years are Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur, Victor Hugo, Alexander Graham Bell, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Salvador Dalí, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, as well as Rufino Tamayo.
Thank you Mexico!