Governor Marina del Pilar has paid special attention to recovering and guaranteeing health services for Baja Californian families. After a year of hard work, the governor has managed to recover the public health system, as stated by Secretary of Health J. Adrián Medina Amarillas, during his intervention at the State Congress as part of his information breakdown of the First State of the State Address.
As never before, Baja California has coverage of comprehensive medical consultations and treatments for several ailments in areas that are hard to access and that have been historically marginalized. With the implementation of the Mobile Health Center programs, 270,000 people were treated with around 90,000 services that reached 72 communities in the state.
In front of legislators, Medina Amarillas showed testimonials from people benefitted thanks to the coverage that these mobile units provide as they treat ailments, perform lab studies, mammograms, dental and psychological consultations, and give free medication, as well as mobility devices for people with disabilities.
“By providing these services to Isla de Cedros, San Quintin, indigenous communities, and rural areas, we have changed people’s lives. Early detection and treating diseases give us years of healthy lives, and we can do this just by making sure that they have medical consultations in time,” he stated.
Across the entire state, hospitals and health centers were strengthened, making these spaces more respectable, with an investment of more than 40 million pesos to benefit people. In Mexicali, the Medical Specialties Unit was inaugurated that provides outpatient surgeries, thanks to an investment of more than 3 million pesos.
Medina Amarillas announced that thanks to the unconditional support by the governor, a hospital project is about to be concluded in the eastern zone of Tijuana, as it is a historic request in this municipality.
To benefit women, children, and teenagers with cancer, the Ambulatory Oncological Center of Tijuana (COAT) began operations. It has provided more than 12,000 services of external consultations and chemotherapy with an investment of 2.9 million pesos. In addition, he pointed “the supply of medications is covered and for the first time, free mammary reconstruction surgeries have been provided during Cancer Awareness Month; by instructions of our governor, never again will patients be neglected.”
Medina Amarillas emphasized that one of this government’s priorities is the sensitive care towards seniors, which is why the State Cataract Program was launched. By this year’s end, it is expected that 500 surgeries are performed thanks to it while strengthening consultations for early detections to people who may benefit, so as to improve their lives with their improved vision. For seniors and ISSTECALI beneficiaries, the program “Doctor in your home” began, which provides direct services at home.
The Secretary of Health stated that the implementation of the Red Heart Attack Code has managed to save patients’ lives regarding emergencies related to heart issues. Beyond that, there is also the comprehensive project called “Casas del Corazón” (Houses of the Heart), which are heart attack prevention centers for the population at risk.
To improve the tranquility and health of Baja Californians, the head of ISESALUD stated that Baja California reinforced the COVID vaccine distribution program. More than 5.2 million doses have been applied, and a coverage of 92% of vaccination records have been completed, with the booster shot provided massively to young people, adults, and seniors.
The Secretary of Health stated that thanks to the State Addiction Observatory, more than 20,000 children, and teenagers have been evaluated in 240 schools in order to prevent the use of substances while timely taking care of risks.
Medina Amarillas highlighted that today, more than ever, they are working in coordination, with harmony, and with responsibility with society’s sectors to strengthen the Prevention Against Sanitary Risks program. More than 1,500 establishments have successfully participated regarding self-regulation and transparency agreements with COEPRIS. More than 6,673 verification visits have been carried out and the self-regulation and transparency program is still active in order to guarantee the best practices.
With these actions and by giving voice on the floor of Congress to the most vulnerable through several testimonials shown to legislators, Secretary of Health, J. Adrián Amarillas was held accountable after a year of hard work while he reaffirmed his commitment to improving the health of all Baja Californians.
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