Ministry of Health to Move to GuerreroBy Miriam Bello | Tue, 07/20/2021 - 17:56
The migration of the Ministry of Health from Mexico City to Guerrero is on the works. Recently, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the Ministry’s intended headquarters, which are already under construction in Acapulco.
During his presidential campaign, President López Obrador vowed to decentralize most state Ministries and federal agencies. The only Ministries to remain in Mexico City would be those involved in national security, including the Ministry of Defense (SEDENA), Navy (SEMAR), Government (SEGOB), Foreign Relations (SRE) and Finance (SHCP).
This initiative aimed to foment the development of other states, as Ministries attract significant economic activity. President López Obrador also mentioned that this measure would give the Ministries “better conditions, as Mexico City faces vulnerabilities such as earthquakes and problems with water supply and other services.”
To date, all Ministries remain headquartered in Mexico City but the migration of the Ministry of Health to Guerrero is apparently moving forwards. President López Obrador visited the Ministry’s potential new headquarters, located in a building that will be donated by Héctor Astudillo, Governor of Guerrero. Astudillo’s government shared that the property is intelligent and has several warehouses with a capacity for 250 people that will allow up to 900 people to work simultaneously. Construction is expected to be concluded before the end of Astudillo’s administration, on October 28. President López Obrador announced that Ministry’s migration would begin that same month.
Media outlets such as El Economista have questioned this measure, as the country is undergoing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, an issue being addressed primarily by the Ministry of Health. Thus, migrating headquarters while the Ministry handles an unprecedented health crisis seems risky.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health also includes other entities, such as COFEPIRS, Federal Hospitals and national research centers, among others. The headquarters of these entities will remain in the capital. Guerrero is also notorious for its insecurity, which has earned the state the title of the most insecure state in the country.
Astudillo said that the crime indicators in the state have gone down, after a joint analysis with federal authorities on security issues. "We reviewed all issues and crime indicators, and one of our conclusions is that in Guerrero the crime indicators have gone down, especially in the case of homicide, femicide and kidnappings."