It is a first-tier hospital, which provides services and equipment that will ensure the health of the inhabitants of this region of the state," he added.

Apatzingán Regional Hospital has 60 beds, three operating theaters, a human milk bank, a nursing room, and the latest imaging technology. It offers the following specialties: internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and orthopedics; as well as otolaryngology, ophthalmology, dentistry and family planning.

The president noted that, according to figures released by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) in a Multidimensional Study of Poverty, “Between 2012 to 2014, the population without access to health services declined by almost 14 percent. This means that today there are 3.5 million more Mexicans with access to health services than two years ago.”

“This proves that the efforts we are making, particularly in health, are allowing us to reach more Mexicans so that there is greater coverage, so that Mexicans can have access to various health services to ensure that they enjoy full health,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that according to CONEVAL, in the municipalities served by the National Crusade against Hunger, of the 7 million Mexicans who faced extreme poverty, one in three had no access to health services. "Today, that figure has been reduced to only one in 10 Mexicans. In other words, 9 out of 10 already have access to health services,” he explained.

“We have made significant progress in coverage and guaranteeing this target population of just over 7 million Mexicans access to health services," he said.

The president said that in Plan Michoacán, “To date, of the 250 actions we pledged to implement, 200 have already been fulfilled and 200, including public works and actions in that plan we announced in 2014 to restore order and calm in Michoacan and especially for the society of Michoacan to have better conditions for achieving its own success.”

The president declared that Apatzingán Regional Hospital is one of the five pledges regarding health the government made to the state. We are working on Zitácuaro Hospital; the new Michoacán General Hospital in Morelia; and the new Children’s Hospital of Michoacán, which are part of the health and public works commitments I have made to Michoacán,” he added.

IN NEARLY THREE YEARS, OVER 18 BILLION PESOS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE: MERCEDES JUAN LÓPEZ

Secretary of Health Mercedes Juan López announced that, “In nearly three years, over 18 billion pesos have been assigned for health infrastructure and equipping hospital units and health centers. Here in Michoacán, over two billion pesos have been assigned for this purpose.”

She said that in addition to Apatzingán Regional Hospital, which is a pledge President Peña Nieto has fulfilled, the following public works have been completed: the modernization and equipment of the nephrology at Ciudad Hidalgo; modernizing and equipping the Specialization Unit, Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis in Morelia; and the Regional Center for Child Development and Early Stimulation in the same city.

In addition, 30 ambulances and six mobile units were purchased and the equipment and the rehabilitation of 18 health centers and six hospital units in this region of Michoacán was concluded.

Health Secretary Mercedes Juan López explained that construction has begun on Morelia General Hospital and the Children's Hospital, as well as the modernization and equipment of Zitácuaro, scheduled for completion by the end of this year. These will cost 1.67 billion pesos, and are another of the president’s commitments, she said.

Stressing that in a healthy Mexico, a preventive approach and effective coordination between the three levels of government will be encouraged, Mercedes Juan López stressed that as a result, the number of dengue cases in 2014 was nearly halved in relation to 2013, and called for efforts to be made to eliminate the chikungunya virus: "We must all act together, the federal government, states and municipalities and undertake major efforts, primarily in regard to environmental sanitation and fumigation to prevent this disease,” she explained.

MICHOACÁN HAS RECEIVED THE LARGEST INVESTMENT IN HEALTH IN RECENT DECADES: SALVADOR JARA GUERRERO

Governor of the state of Michoacán Salvador Jara Guerrero said that Michoacán has received the largest investment in health in recent decades, making this one of the states with the best infrastructure and equipment in the country and placing it at the forefront as regards hospitals.

He also commented that through the Mexico-France Foundation, a collaboration project has been launched between the two countries for the health care of the sick, and especially for prevention in youth of certain diseases related to anxiety, obesity , anorexia or bulimia, which are often the result of teenagers’ bad experiences in violent environments. “This is an extremely novel project in which Michoacán has fortunately taken the lead,” he said.

NOW WE CAN BE TREATED HERE WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO URUAPAN OR THE CITY OF MORELIA: BENEFICIARY

Anabel Maritza Vázquez Sandoval, a beneficiary of the hospital, said that the inauguration of Apatzingán Regional Hospital, “Is a dream come true; which is why I thank all the authorities involved, particularly you, our president. During your campaign, you made this commitment to all our people and today we can say that you have kept your word.”

She noted that health is the most precious thing we have, particularly for people in vulnerable situations and with low incomes. She added that it this a modern hospital, with first-rate equipment, “To provide timely care and quality services to all the residents of Valle de Apatzingán.”
“This new hospital will allow us to be treated and have our health problems dealt with without having to go to Uruapan or the city of Morelia,” she stated.