·        The government is paying heed to the global alert of the World Health Organization regarding the Zika virus, and will adopt its  recommendations in a timely fashion, he said.

·        The president inaugurated the Doctor and General Rafael Moreno Valle Traumatology and Orthopedics Hospital.

During his inauguration of the Doctor and General Rafael Moreno Valle Traumatology and Orthopedics Hospital, President Enrique Peña Nieto instructed the Minister of Health to keep the population duly informed through the media on the actions the government is taking to prevent and deal with Zika virus cases in the country and the effects of this disease.

The government is paying heed to the global alert of the World Health Organization regarding the Zika virus, and will adopt its  recommendations in a timely fashion, he said. 

He said that the government, through the Ministry of Health, has undertaken “preventive work, formed brigades to provide care in areas where there may be a risk” and has carried out fumigation and orientation actions to, “Prevent the virus from spreading.”

At the event, the president declared that reinforcing the government’s health actions in the country will require the will and combined efforts of state governments.

“This is only possible when there is the political will, as there is here in Puebla, where the government and the state have joined forces to better serve Mexican society, not only in the field of health, but in all areas, including infrastructure and communications,” he declared.

The president noted that during this Administration,  “Just over 2,800 health and medical care units have been opened, and 589 hospital units have been built, completed or upgraded in the country.

President Peña Nieto declared that due to the low temperatures recorded in much of the country, he has instructed the Civil Protection Coordination Office to assist the most severely affected populations.

He said that today, the directors of various agencies, “Are taking action to deliver blankets and mattresses, in addition to those that have already been distributed, to show that the government is monitoring the population that is suffering the low winter temperatures.”

“I would like to mention the work that the government is doing to guarantee what is most important: Mexicans’ health, a right enshrined in our Constitution,” he said.

The president announced that the hospital inaugurated today involved an investment of over 750 million pesos, and joins the health infrastructure already completed in the state of Puebla, which exceeds 2.6 billion pesos.

He explained that this, “Has allowed us to accompany the efforts of the State Government to build public works such as the Puebla Children’s Hospital; the Atlixco Medical Complex; Cholula, Teziutlán and Acatlán General Hospitals; the health centers with expanded services in Teziutlán  and those in Mixquitepec and San Nicolás de los Ranchos.”

He praised the distinguished career of Doctor and General Rafael Moreno Valle, grandfather of the current governor of the state, “Who served as  Minister of Health, Director of the Military General  Hospital, and last year, was granted the Medical Merit Prize awarded by the National Public Health Council.”

MEXICO IS PREPARED FOR THE GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY DUE TO THE ZIKA VIRUS;  THERE HAVE BEEN 34 CONFIRMED CASES: MERCEDES JUAN

Ministry of Health Mercedes Juan López said that one of the president’s priorities is to strengthen the health infrastructure.

She said that the Traumatology and Orthopaedic Hospital, inaugurated today, will permit the provision of comprehensive care with modern, functional facilities with advanced technology and professional personnel. It  was built next to the highway in order to provide timely care for patients with traumatic injuries.

Minister Mercedes Juan said that yesterday Director of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan declared a global health emergency because of Zika, a viral disease transmitted by the vector mosquito Aedes aegypti, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya. 

This, she explained, is a new disease in the Americas, which began last year, of which there are currently 34 confirmed cases in Mexico. The most important aspect of this emergency, she explained, is that in Brazil, a possible link has been established with cases of microcephaly, the reduction of the size of babies’ skulls during pregnancy.

She explained that for over a year, Mexico has been preparing for the arrival of this disease, with actions to control the vector and epidemiological surveillance, “Particularly timely prenatal care for pregnant women in areas where this disease might exist.”

She noted that on the instructions of President Peña Nieto, all these actions are being reinforced,  “And we will continue to do so with the governments of the states, the mayors and the community.” She declared that the Health Sector and the National Health System and all health institutions, “Are prepared to reinforce all the actions that have been implemented for many years ago to prevent dengue, chikungunya and now this disease.”

THE FIRST PUBLIC HOSPITAL FOR TRAUMA PATIENTS WAS ACHIEVED THANKS TO THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT: RAFAEL MORENO VALLE

Governor of Puebla Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas said that, “The strong support of President Pena Nieto made it  possible to build the first State Public Hospital dedicated to the comprehensive management of trauma patients.”

This medical complex, he said, “Has 14 offices, 80 beds, emergency areas, intermediate and intensive care, hospitalization, an outpatients’ department and a rehabilitation unit.”

He explained that this is the only hospital in the state providing magnetic resonance, tomography, ultrasound and X-ray fluoroscopy services under one roof. It also has a neuronavegator allowing the surgeon to visualize the anatomy of the brain and spine in three dimensions.

THE NEW HOSPITAL, IS A REAL, PALPABLE OPTION FOR TREATING THE POPULATION: PATIENT

Brenda Aracely López Proal, a patient at the Doctor and General Rafael Moreno Valle Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopedics and a nursing student, said that the hospital provides professional medical personnel, technology and equipment to serve the population, making it "a real, palpable option for treatment and recovery.”

 “I saw this traumatology and orthopedic hospital for the first time today,” she said, and after thanking the federal government and the state government, she hoped that, “Better things would be achieved for patients like me, who need highly specialized care for serious accidents.”

The 22-year-old student gave her testimonial:  "Some months ago I was in the opposite situation to my profession, as a patient, as the result of a tragic accident I managed to survive despite the severity of my injuries,” she said.

She said that now, after having undergone five successful operations, she is currently in rehabilitation..