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The Mexican social security institute (IMSS) will see its hospital infrastructure grow in 2018, according to Tuffic Miguel, the institute's newly appointed director.
Speaking before reporters Wednesday in Mexico City (in picture), Miguel said that the institute will begin the year by opening a 144-bed hospital in Nogales municipality in Sonora state on the US border.
Another 240-bed specialty hospital is then scheduled to be opened in April in León, the largest city in Guanajuato state.
These initiatives are being completed under the IMSS's 20bn-peso (US$1bn) national investment plan for 2016-2018, which involves building 12 hospitals and 40 family medicine clinics; at least one in every Mexican state.
Meanwhile, the official also noted that a lot has been secured for the construction of new general regional hospital No.36 in Puebla state. The facility will replace the San Alejandro hospital, which was structurally damaged by the quake that struck the country's central region on September 19.
Construction works on the new 400-bed facility will require investments of 2.86bn pesos. According to Miguel, the tower that will host the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology services is set to be completed next year. The facility's other two towers - one for pediatrics and another to host different specialties - will be concluded by mid-2019.
Regarding the other hospitals managed by the institute that were also damaged during the September 19 earthquake, Miguel said that two facilities located in Mexico state and another two in Puebla and Mexico City are already operating normally. Meanwhile, the hospital No.25 in Mexico City and No.7 in Cuautla, Morelos are expected to be totally repaired and operating normally during the first half of 2018.