· The government's highest priority is to ensure the health of our society, he declared.

· He spent time with child patients at Mexico General Hospital suffering from various diseases, with whom he shared a traditional cake known as Rosca de Reyes.

· “You children are great warriors. You are fighting to recover and have the opportunity to live. You have set an example through your fighting spirit and above all, your great efforts to overcome adversity," he said. 

As he inaugurated the new Surgical Tower at Doctor Eduardo Liceaga Mexico General Hospital, President Enrique Peña Nieto stressed the government’s commitment to Mexicans’ health. “The government's highest priority is to ensure the health of our society,” he declared.

He said that in order to fulfill that commitment, “We have devoted these days to inaugurating and setting in operation various types of infrastructure within our country both in situ and remotely.”

He confirmed the government’s commitment, “To creating more decent, modern, attractive spaces, with advanced technology, to improve Mexicans’ health.”

During the event, the president also presented the Recognition of Medical Merit Award to Dr. Octavio Rivero, celebrated Nurses’ Day, and spent time with child patients at Mexico General Hospital suffering from various diseases, with whom he shared a traditional Rosca de Reyes.

President Peña Nieto said: “You children are great warriors. You are fighting to recover and have the opportunity to live. You have set an example through your fighting spirit and above all, your great efforts to overcome adversity and difficult times," he said.

He noted that, as a government, “What we are doing is putting medical services, the most advanced, best technologies and above all medical staff and nurses at the service of your health.”

He hoped that in 2016, these children will recover, “Their health and win the battle they are waging.” Today, he added, “By cutting this Rosca and accompanying you, I hope that you will achieve this and have a great year in 2016: health and a long life for everyone.”

The president explained that for decades, Mexico General Hospital, “Has been a school, a place for research, and above all a place that has served millions of Mexicans who have required medical care.”

He noted that progress has been made, “In the construction of new infrastructure, with the use of the latest, most modern technologies, making it possible to provide better healthcare for Mexicans.”

As he thanked the country’s over 300,000 nurses, the president said that nothing replaces "the warmth, humane treatment or closeness of those who look after those coping with illness.”

He also congratulated Dr. Octavio Rivero Serrano, to whom he presented the Medical Merit Award.

He said that Dr. Rivero Serrano, “Is a great example and inspiration for Mexicans who want another country, a strong, modern one that is progressing.”

“Each government must make an effort for Mexico to continue advancing and progressing, and for more Mexicans, as in the case of Dr. Rivero, to see their hopes and aspirations materialize and achieve true personal fulfillment,” he said .

MEXICO GENERAL HOSPITAL’S SURGICAL TOWER ONE OF THE WORLD’S FINEST: MERCEDES JUAN LÓPEZ

Minister of Health Mercedes Juan López said that the new Surgical Tower at Mexico General Hospital, in which the federal government invested 730 million pesos, is on a par with the world’s best and will allow the population affiliated to the Popular Insurance Scheme, those with the least resources, to receive higher quality care.

As a result, she said, the 110-year-old hospital remains at the forefront of medical science.

She explained that, “Having a health infrastructure of this magnitude has been made possible by Tax Reform, which makes it possible to support families with the lowest incomes. And the beneficiaries are precisely those affiliated to the Popular Insurance Scheme; 57.3 million who now have access to these wonderful facilities and top quality service.”

She recalled that, “Now, more than ever, we need healthy generations, able to contribute to national development,” promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto through structural reforms.  “As you have said, this is the year to reap benefits,” she told the president.

The minister of health added that the reforms will impact, “Favorably in various fields of the economy, education and especially health care to achieve the scaffolding of a more prosperous, inclusive and healthy Mexico you have encouraged us to achieve.”

She explained that the Mexico General Hospital Surgical Tower has 118 beds and provides transplants, general, endovascular and short stay surgery, endoscopy, intensive and intermediate care. It also has 15 operating rooms, one called a hybrid operating room, equipped with the latest technology and an integral surgical area, permitting interdisciplinary action for transoperatory diagnosis and performing a wide variety of highly specialized procedures.

She congratulated the more than 300,000 nurses in the country, in all the institutions in the National Health System, since today is Nurses’ Day, and Dr. Octavio Rivero Serrano, who received the Medical Merit Award 2015 from President Enrique Peña Nieto.

She added that this year, in Mexico General Hospital, work will continue on the new Pneumology and Cardiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Towers, in which 400 million pesos will be invested.

She also announced that in 2016, a federal investment of over 3.2 billion pesos will be made to complete health works, thereby fulfilling six of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s commitments.