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IMSS readies plan against rise in COVID-19 cases

Due to the increase in cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León and Querétaro, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) presented a care plan with specific actions, which includes expansion of hospital beds, shipment of medical personnel, as well as ventilators for respiratory support.

Meanwhile, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ruled out returning to confinement or business closure, because Mexico is not in a situation of alarm like in Europe.

In a press conference, the general director of the IMSS, Zoé Robledo Aburto, mentioned that in the five entities there is an occupancy of beds greater than 50%, so the medical team led by Víctor Hugo Borja has met with representatives of the IMSS, hospital directors and the rest of the sector to plan an emergency response.

The director of Medical Benefits of the IMSS, Víctor Hugo Borja Aburto, explained that the IMSS has more than 16 thousand beds for patients with COVID-19 throughout the country, of which 5 thousand 910 are not available, “which represents 40 % of bed occupancy nationwide “.

He explained that a common strategy was established for the five entities, which consists of increasing the hospital reconversion of Social Security, with the aim of having 668 additional beds during this month; Extraordinary medical equipment, hiring of personnel, call for volunteers who wish to go to hospitals where it is most needed.

He added that the entity that causes the most concern is Chihuahua, since only the IMSS has an occupancy of 91.6%, “there are 608 hospitalized patients, so there are 60 beds available, of the 668.”

He explained that in medical units of Social Security, Coahuila reports an occupation of 75.2%; Durango, 67.1%; Nuevo León, 58.5%, and Querétaro, 56.5%; “These are figures specifically in Social Security hospitals,” said the institute’s director of medical benefits.

He stressed that to deal with the coronavirus in Chihuahua, the Health Institute for Well-being (Insabi) facilitated the shipment of 50 Mexican ventilators developed by Conacyt, and the Social Security Center in the capital was adapted to have 30 medicine beds internal and 30 destined for surgery.

In the case of Nuevo León, the temporary annex of the General Hospital of Zone No. 67 will continue; care in High Specialty Medical Units for diseases that correspond to the second level; subrogation of private medical services to non-COVID patients, and the signing of the inter-institutional contract with the State Secretary of Health for non-COVID patients throughout the state.


On the national scene, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, director of Epidemiology, reported that Mexico registered 93 thousand 228 deaths, 635 more than the previous day, as well as 943 thousand 630 positive cases, an increase of 5,225 compared to last Tuesday.

He pointed out that the active epidemic, still contagious cases, is made up of 45,512 people, which is equivalent to 4% of the total. He added that to date, 697,402 people have recovered from the disease.