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Ministry of Health

The Health Ministry’s mission during this administration has been to contribute to making the population healthier; to harmoniously develop the healthcare systems in a people-centered manner; to strengthen control over those factors that could impact health; and to support the national medical attention network. The ministry’s goal is to attend the needs of individuals, families and communities in a timely manner. It is accountable to the public and seeks to promote people’s exercise of their rights and responsibilities.

Enrique Paris

Health Minister

Dr. Paris qualified as a medical surgeon at the Universidad Católica and has a Degree in Pediatrics from Universidad de Chile.

From 1975 to 1979, he served as the zonal general physician at Achao Hospital, Chiloé, director of the Curaco de Vélez Health Service, director of Achao Hospital and head of the children’s health and adult medicine programs.

Between 1979 and 1982 he obtained a residency fellowship in Pediatrics at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, and later, a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care at Clíniques Universitaires Saint-Luc of Université Catholique de Louvain, in Brussels, Belgium.

He also served several periods as chief of the Intensive Care Unit at Sótero del Río Hospital and as chief of the Pediatric Service at Universidad Católica.

During his academic career, Dr. Paris served as director of postgraduate studies of the School of Medicine at Universidad Finis Terrae. As of 2018, he was Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Universidad Mayor. He participated in numerous scientific publications, both national and international, and in writing books on pediatrics and toxicology.

He is the former president of the Chilean Medical Association (2011-2017) and founder and medical director of CITUC (Toxicology Information Center of Universidad Católica). Prior to his appointment as Health Minister in June 2020, he was a member of the COVID-19 Social Roundtable. 

Paula Daza

PUBLIC HEALTH UNDERSECRETARY

Ms. Daza has a Degree in Pediatric Surgery from the Universidad de Chile. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Universidad de Los Andes. She obtained a Degree in Evidence-based Research and Medicine from the same university and a Diploma in Health Administration from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Since 2013 she has been the coordinator and a teacher for the Quality and Safety Management program of the Universidad Diego Portales. She was also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Universidad de Los Andes.

Ms. Daza was a member of the health program team for presidential candidate Sebastián Piñera. Previously she managed the health program for presidential candidate Evelyn Matthei in 2013, and she was the manager of the health program for presidential candidate Andrés Allamand during the primary election that same year.

Ms. Daza is the director of the American Heart Association of the Clínica Dávila, Chile. The American Heart Association is a nonprofit organization which strives to lower the national and global level of cardiovascular diseases. She is a member of the board of directors for nonprofit Fundación Vivir + Feliz, which works to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer. She is also a member of the Chilean Pediatrics Society.

She is married and has four children.

Arturo Zúñiga

Healthcare Networks Undersecretary

Mr. Zuñiga holds a business degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica, and has 10 years’ experience in the health sector.

He served as chief of staff for Health Minister Jaime Mañalich during President Piñera’s first administration and before that, as health director of the Municipality of Panguipulli, among other positions in health administration.