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IMSS Reduces Services / Commemorations in 2021

By Paloma Duran | Fri, 02/05/2021 - 11:08

IMSS reduces health services. Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute Zoé Robledo said that the institution has reduced its daily care services, such as surgeries and consultations, to prioritize patients with COVID-19. "It does not mean that services have been suspended, they have been reduced. Last year, 700,000 surgeries were performed and in 2019, the number was 1,400,000. This shows a 35 percent decrease in our health services,” Robledo said.

Anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution. Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), recalled that today marks the 104th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution. "Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the promulgation of our Constitution, the first socialist Constitution in the world. The legacy of the Constitution has been retaken by this government and we are recovering the social vanguardism with which it was written," Sánchez said.

15 commemorations to remember the history of Mexico. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard announced that in 2021 there will be 15 commemorations related to the foundation of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the Conquest and Independence. "We will remember our history and incorporate disadvantaged populations in these commemorations. The activities will take place according to the principle of austerity." Coordinator of Historical and Cultural Memory Eduardo Villegas also announced that on Feb. 14 there will be a National Lottery to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Vicente Guerrero, who was one of the leading generals in the fight against Spain for the independence of Mexico in 1810. Villegas emphasized that the government is planning to incorporate health measures such as social distancing during the commemorations.

Contests to commemorate Tenochtitlan, indigenous resistance and the Independence of Mexico. Minister of Culture Alejandra Frausto Guerrero announced that for the celebration of the 200 years of the consummation of Independence, “the government plans to carry out 72 activities, which include painting, gastronomy, literature and music contests that seek to promote our cultural diversity in different disciplinary fields.” In addition, the Minister of Public Education (SEP) will also carry out literary contests for written stories and poems, which should be focused on one of these three commemorations: 700 years of history of Tenochtitlan, 500 years of indigenous resistance or 200 years of the consummation of Independence.

Sánchez does not aspire to presidency. Sánchez said that she believes that women in government positions open opportunities for other women to gain important positions such as the presidency. However, Sánchez emphasized she has no intention of running for president. "I want to be very clear. I have no expectation due to my age and when I finish with this responsibility, I want to spend more time with my family and with my grandchildren," Sánchez said.

Alonso Ancira could have the opportunity criterion. Sánchez said that Alonso Ancira, owner of Altos Hornos de México, could be eligible for the opportunity criterion since he offered US$2 million and the delivery of his two passports, from Mexico and the United States, to avoid being sent to the North prison while his legal situation is resolved. "If he returns the payments for the Agro Nitrogenados plant, which was more expensive than its real value, and he has a solid legal process, Ancira could have the opportunity criterion", Sánchez said. An opportunity criterion is a situation in which the Prosecutor decides not to initiate a criminal proceeding because doing so will bring few benefits. According to El Universal, Ancira Elizondo is being investigated for the alleged bribe of US$3.5 million to Emilio Lozoya, former director of Pemex, in exchange for the purchase of the Agro Nitrogenados plant for 10 times its real value.

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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio, El Universal
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Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst