Santa Maria Huatulco, OX. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed this Saturday that improving the country’s health infrastructure is a “challenge and a challenge”, but reiterated that “this year we should already have this health system that we are building “
Leading the evaluation of an aid plan for the population affected by Hurricane Agatha in Oaxaca, the president said the most difficult task has been recruiting essential doctors and specialists, especially those in remote communities, to work.
He assured that “we are going to face this challenge” and said he was happy because “there are already 60 Cuban doctors in Oaxaca.” He thanked Cuba and its government “because they are helping us in this way.”
López Obrador met with municipal presidents, state and federal officials at the headquarters of the 98th Infantry Battalion, located in Campo Military 46-D, to evaluate the progress of the assistance plan for the population affected by Hurricane “Agatha”, which last year Mexican Pacific coast on 30 May.
Along with a large part of his cabinet and Governor Salomon Jara, he said that calls are being initiated to hire personnel in the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), but added that “it is not possible to keep doctors”. , much less to work in communities” and remote areas.
After pointing out that this situation is a legacy of neoliberalism, he reiterated that his government plans to “take special measures” that will make it very attractive for doctors to work in rural areas, “because if necessary they will Will pay more, because we need them everywhere, but more so in remote communities.”
Juan Pablo de Botton, Undersecretary for Treasury Expenditure, said the support plan for 31 Oaxacan municipalities affected by Agatha, which hit the Mexican Pacific coast in May 2022, amounts to 6,276 million pesos, most of which has already been used. Already happened.
Welfare Secretary, Ariadna Montiel reported that direct assistance for 638.6 million pesos was given to 19 thousand 362 people for housing, housing assistance to 19 thousand 362 people; 2,856 livestock producers suffered losses for 34.8 million pesos, as well as 7,612 farmers for 56.4 million pesos; 37.8 million pesos were awarded to 841 people who lost commercial premises.
He said that, in short, “the 20 thousand 230 people who were affected by the event were supported with a direct investment of 767.6 million pesos” and that these resources were distributed within 20 days after the storm passed .
He added that 1,190 million pesos have also been allocated in direct support to 31 municipalities for the execution of reconstruction works. He said that progress has been made in these works equal to 977 crore pesos.
Montiel said aid was also provided to beneficiaries of welfare programs: 183.8 million to 28,567 beneficiaries of the Produce for Welfare, 185.5 million to 2,577 people enrolled in the Sembrando Vida, 10 million to 1,402 beneficiaries of the fishermen’s program and 99 million fertilizer programs. 13 thousand 307 producers of.
In the case of the La Escuela es Nuestra program, 152.2 million pesos were allocated to 558 schools; 54.3 million was allocated to the 718 beneficiaries of the Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro, and 508.9 million to the 36,871 beneficiary families of the Benito Juárez Scholarship.
Elena Vega Rangel, undersecretary of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Territorial and Urban Development, reported that 390 aids for 83.9 million pesos were distributed to families whose homes were affected, and that there are plans to support 162 until 2023. National Program of Reconstruction with 174 aids for 19.9 million pesos from the Natural Disaster Fund along with an investment of 35.4 million pesos.
Secretary, Infrastructure, Communications and Transport. Jorge Nuno Lara said that one thousand 227 million pesos will be allocated for the reconstruction work on the affected roads, which includes resources for the restoration and reconstruction of 26 bridges.
López Obrador announced that Governor Jara and Secretary Montiel would hold a series of assemblies in 31 municipalities to consider the needs of the population and a plan to gather opinions, which would be presented in an evaluation day that He himself will lead in April.
The Secretary of National Defense, Luis Crescenio Sandoval, of the Navy, Rafael Ojeda of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela of Infrastructure, and the Secretary of the Interior, Adán Augusto López, as well as the director of the IMSS, also attended the meeting. , Zoe Robledo, among other officials.
(With inputs from Arturo Sanchez Jimenez)