- He inaugurated the Regional Military Specializations Hospital in Mazatlán and presented awards and honorable mentions to military personnel.
- Most soldiers and marines spend long periods in various parts of the country to fulfill their assignments, where they become part of the community that receives them, make friendships and form their families, he said.
- He recalled that he himself has been treated in military medical hospitals. “I can personally vouch for the quality and warmth of the service provided at medical military installations, he said.
- He congratulated the four Mexican Olympic medalists who form part of the Armed Forces. They are men and women who train every day, who are governed by discipline and have a boundless love for their country, he said.
During his inauguration of the Regional Military Specialization Hospital in Mazatlán, President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the military medical personnel throughout the country for their daily commitment.
The president declared that, “Most soldiers and marines spend long periods in various parts of the country to fulfill their assignments, where they become part of the community that receives them, make friendships and form their families”.
He said that, as a result of the installations inaugurated today, “Members of the Mexican Army and Air Force attached to the 3rd Military Region, as well as the relatives that accompany them, will have access to more sophisticated, quality medical services, without having to move to other cities”.
He said that this administration has improved the coverage and quality of medical services for the Armed Forces, "With works such as these and others we have recently delivered: The Center for the Timely Detection of Breast Cancer and the modernization of the Central Military Hospital, where the oncology and ophthalmology areas were renovated.
He explained that the hospital inaugurated today has latest generation equipment and highly trained health professionals. “This is a major work, with 200 beds and 32 specialties for the entire Northeast Region of the Military Health Services, to cover seven states: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora”.
With this hospital, he added, “Military health infrastructure now includes five military specialization hospitals, four regional specialization hospitals like this one, 31 regional and zone hospitals and 10 outpatient unit to serve 1,100,000 rights holders".
President Peña Nieto recalled that just five months ago, "In Mexico City, we inaugurated the Military Center for Health Sciences, the Military Medical School, as it is known by most of the population, where many Mexicans hope to train, acquire knowledge and train in certain health sciences.
These new installations, he said, were not only renovated but rebuilt, “To have training facilities to meet the challenges and demands of those who attend the health of the affiliated population among our military forces".
He said that, “Doctors, dentists and nurses are trained there, as well as health officers, to provide their services at units and hospitals like the one we are inaugurating today.
The president thanked the government of Sinaloa, for donating the land and part of the installations of this new hospital complex. “It is obviously a sign of Mexicans’ enormous affection, gratitude and trust in their soldiers and marines, especially here in this state,” he said.
He recalled that he himself has been treated in military medical hospitals. “I can vouch, not only institutionally but also personally for the quality and warmth of the services provided at medical and military installations". He expressed his permanent gratitude and recognition of those who have provided him with health care.
President Peña Nieto also congratulated the four Mexican Olympic medalists who form part of the Armed Forces. “The life histories of these four outstanding sportsmen are very similar to that of each of the members of the Armed Forces: they are men and women who train every day, who are governed by discipline and have a boundless love for their country”.
During the event, the president unveiled the inaugural plaque of the new Military Hospital and presented awards to soldiers who have distinguished themselves in their services, as well as honorable mentions to the Units for their efficient functioning, administrative organization and outstanding performance.
He also signed the Book of Distinguished Visitors and toured various installations in the new Military Hospital.
WE CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED AND CAN ACHIEVE, THAT THE ACTUAL SITUATION IN MEXICO IS MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT IT IS PERCEIVED TO BE: MARIO LÓPEZ VALDEZ
Mario López Valdez, governor of the state of Sinaloa, said that the actions to ensure peace and tranquility in the state, “Would not have been possible without the support of President Enrique Peña Nieto,” who has also contributed to, “Making a record investment of 40 billion pesos in highway architecture, education, culture, sport and security, to advance towards a more modern, attractive and competitive Sinaloa”.
On the subject of the structural reforms implemented during the current Administration, he said: “We can say this more loudly but no less clearly: Mexicans and the residents of Sinaloa have experienced your firm leadership which on several occasions has almost single-handedly assumed the challenges of the transformation and modernization of our country. These are the most significant reforms in the contemporary history of Mexico, which are preparing the country to address its internal challenges and achieve a successful structural insertion in the global world”.
He said that they are maturing and that they have powerful adversaries who would like to see this reform initiative fail. “Within this line of changes, we must persevere, on the basis of the conviction that in this perspective, Mexicans have a clear route for achieving the goals we have set ourselves".
He said that, “Despite the difficulties it is experiencing and the resistance to forward-looking changes is much better off. We can therefore say that because of what we have achieved and what we are able to achieve, Mexico is actually much better off than it is perceived to be”.
The governor of Sinaloa recalled the president’s moral and material support, “At difficult, painful times for Sinaloa and its residents, such as the periods of frosts, lack of law and order and Hurricane Manuel, to mention just some. At those times, the people of Sinaloa are aware of the scope of your support, your almost immediate physical presence and the mobilization of federal resources that enable us to feel the warmth of the government and to know that Sinaloa is not alone".
THE SOLDIERS OF THE LAND, SEA AND AIR ASSUME THE COMMITMENT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY’S PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT: GENERAL DUARTE MUJICA
Division General of the President’s General Staff Alfonso Duarte Mujica, Commander of the III Military Region, said that the new Mazatlán Military Hospital, the first of its kind, forms part of a reorganization to improve the quality of the health services provided to members of the Armed Forces and their families.
He said that it has a capacity for 120 hospital beds, 80 non-hospital beds and latest generation medical equipment including: A cardio hemodynamic suite, nuclear magnetic resonance, computerized axial tomography, a digital fluoroscopy unity, electrocardiography and cardiac Holter monitor, neonatal auditory screening, minimally invasive surgery, ultrasound and advanced X rays as well as telemedicine services, intensive therapy and coronary care for adults, intensive neonatal and pediatric therapy, clinical laboratory, blood bank anatamopathology, among other areas.
“This equipment combines with high quality services that make it possible to provide treatment in 32 medical and dental specialties, benefitting over 129,500 active and retired members of the military, their rights holders and pensioners in the states in the Baja California peninsula, Sonora, Sinaloa, the north of Nayarit and part of Chihuahua and Durango,” he said.
General Duarte Mujica told President Peña Nieto that, "The opening of this hospital is proof of your genuine interest in achieving the commitment of improving the quality of life of soldiers and their families". He thanked him for the presentation of 125 awards and performance certificates as well as honorable mentions for 15 military land and air units, which, “Encourages them to continue fulfilling the missions with which we have been entrusted for the benefit of our society".
“This is the commitment we soldiers of the sea, land and air have assumed to contribute to the progress and development of the country, with full respect for the law and people's fundamental rights, with the firm conviction of serving Mexico,” he said.