Sonora’s underserved population will receive free medical care and medications with the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan

The State of Sonora has joined the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan to ensure that medical units and hospitals have general practitioners, specialists, medical staff, improved infrastructure and equipment, along with the supply of medicines to provide the health services Sonorans deserve.

The Director General of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Zoé Robledo, accompanied the President of the Republic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, together with the Minister of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela, and the Governor of Sonora, Alfonso Duraz Montaño, to monitor this health model to guarantee free medical care.

During the event held in the General Hospital Zone no. 3 in Navojoa, the head of the IMSS pointed out that the transformation of health services in Sonora has progressed to 223 units of the first level of care and 15 hospitals, with an investment of 732 million pesos, in terms of infrastructure and equipment alone.

Zoé Robledo indicated that nearly 5,000 people have been trained in the comprehensive health care model and that 17 Cuban medical professionals have arrived in Sonora. In addition, in three months, 12,612 family medicine examinations, 40,618 specialist examinations, 1,809 births and 4,039 surgeries were performed.

The head of social security explained that in this same period, 105,808 drugs were delivered, the supply increased from 61 percent to 94 percent, which was possible because they worked as a team as a unified delivery system.

He reminded that in Sonora, slightly more than 25 percent of the population does not have social insurance, who had to seek care from the State Secretariat for Health even when there was no need to go to private services.

Zoé Robledo said that federalization refers to the decentralization of health services to ensure uniformity and all people can be treated with equal quality in the IMSS-Wellness model, “focused on prevention, focused on avoiding disease.”

He stated that the regular regime will be strengthened by the improvement of the IMSS-Wellness Hospital in Navojoa and the construction of a new one, for which a Committee of Citizens will be appointed on November 7 to supervise the construction process.

The head of social security added that in Navojoa, the tomograph will be installed in the IMSS-Wellness Hospital for the care of people in their place of origin, to work quickly to “provide security to people in times of illness”.

He stated that in January 2023, the health personnel will be based with IMSS-Wellness, a process that has already started with the delivery-reception of documents to soon have a base for these eventual people, an action that will be replicated in the regular regime. .

Earlier, federal and state authorities visited General Hospital Zone no. 3 in Navojoa, where they supervised the areas of external consultations, operating rooms, gynecology, pediatrics, hemodialysis, emergency cases, hospitalization, pharmacy and engine room, as well as the administration of influenza vaccines and the revision of the PrevenIMSS module for the detection of chronic diseases.

In the morning, the Director General of IMSS visited the High Special Medical Unit (UMAE) of the Northwestern National Medical Center (CMN) and the Regional General Hospital no. 1, where the actions of the Continuity of Medical Services Day are held through staff dedicated to solving and caring for all the rights of the region.

The event was attended by the general coordinator for social communications and the spokesperson of the Government of the Republic; Jesus Ramirez Cuevas; general director of IMSS-Wellbeing health services, Gisela Lara Saldaña; the national coordinator of the hospital infrastructure of the Health Institute for Welfare (Insabi), Carlos Sánchez Meneses, on behalf of the general director Juan Antonio Ferrer Aguilar; director of IMSS-Well-being Hospital Navojoa, Armando Villalobos Godoy; the president of the municipality of Navojoa, Mario Martín Martínez Bojórquez; and local union representatives.

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