SEDENA Discloses Plan to Enforce Security in Acapulco. SEDENA has unveiled a plan to ensure peace and security in Acapulco, Guerrero, following the passage of Hurricane Otis, which has left at least 48 people dead. 973 individuals have been located after being reported missing in the aftermath of the weather phenomenon that made landfall on Oct. 25.
Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Head, SEDENA, revealed the plan's details, emphasizing the deployment of nearly 10,000 National Guard members in the affected area. Cresencio Sandoval explained that the plan's objective is to have the National Guard stationed permanently in the municipality to ensure security.
Currently, there are 5,120 National Guard members in Guerrero, with 21 squadrons already established, seven in the construction process, and four pending. Thirty-eight neighborhoods with over a thousand residences will have 38 installations housing two squadrons each, meaning 250 members per installation.
Acapulco will have a total of 81 squadrons, in addition to the pre-existing 113 squadrons in Guerrero. "We will increase the companies by 9,500 members, bringing the total to 9,860 guards who will be stationed in Acapulco. There will be a total of 14,620 members, making it the state with the highest number of National Guard personnel."
With this plan in place across these 38 sectors, the objective is to create security conditions for the population, facilitate conditions for reconstruction, and contribute to economic recovery.
Ministry of Health in Acapulco. Jorge Alcocer, Minister of Health, reported that following Hurricane Otis’ disastrous landfall, 80% of the 110 primary care units in Acapulco and Cocuya de Benitez are now operational. In addition, 3,882 doses have been administered for Covid-19, tetanus-diphtheria, influenza, measles, and other vaccines.
"Just like in the pandemic, without the assistance of the communities and the population, the reconstruction and recovery of Acapulco cannot be achieved, and we are making progress," he stated.
During the Health Pulse Report on Tuesday, the minister emphasized the presence of 45 Mobile Medical Units in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benitez, which provided 21,065 medical services over the weekend.
He mentioned that some of the planned actions include continuing the analysis of drug codes and medical supplies to be delivered to supply centers. Supervision of medical consultations, treatments, and reporting of diseases subject to epidemic surveillance will also continue, but "there has not been a need for it, so far, due to the necessary preventive measures,” said Alcocer.
Cleaning and sanitation brigades, with the support of the Coordination of Community Action of IMSS Bienestar, will persist, he added. Strategies for spatial and thermal nebulization have been carried out over 589ha, where an estimated 53,010 people reside.
2024 Budget. President López Obrador stated that with the approval of the 2024 budget project, the government will be able to complete all the projects initiated by the federal government, in addition to increasing support for the most vulnerable population.
"It is the last budget that I have to present, and it is a budget that allows us to finish all the projects, while increasing support for the people, especially the poor. It will increase pensions for the elderly to MX$6,000 (US$342) every two months. It will still be MX$4,800 until December and, starting in January, it will be MX$6,000, with an increase in scholarships," he added.
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