Mexico's post-quake hospital repairs to cost US$200mn

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rebuilding hospital infrastructure that was damaged by the two strong earthquakes that struck southern and central Mexico on September 7 and 19, respectively, will require an estimated investment of 4.5bn pesos (US$234mn).

The estimate was announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto during a meeting with doctors and employees of the country's health system on Monday.

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Peña Nieto said that the two earthquakes caused significant damage to 53 public health facilities in different states of the country, while another 325 suffered minor damage.

All of the damaged infrastructure is already in the process of being repaired or rebuilt, the president said.

While the September 7 quake affected the southern states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, the central states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Tlaxcala, and Mexico City were the worst hit by the quake on September 19.

Regarding the infrastructure managed by the country's social security institute (IMSS), authorities have pledged reconstruction investments of 217mn pesos for Morelos state and 1.4bn pesos for Puebla.

In Puebla state, some of the funds will be used to build a new facility to replace the San Alejandro hospital, the biggest health facility in the state, which suffered significant damage due to the September 19 quake.

The infrastructure managed by ISSSTE, the pension and health care provider for Mexico's state employees, as well as facilities run by the health ministry, were also affected by the earthquakes.

The natural disasters also caused significant damage to the country's public school infrastructure. Based on government estimates, rebuilding and repairing the 15,000 schools damaged by the earthquakes is set to cost an estimated 20bn pesos.

The country's road and water infrastructure also suffered significant damage.