Mexico’s Administrative Decentralization: Where does the Ministry of Health go? 

 enero 25, 2022

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Yesterday, President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced the plan for the decentralization of government agencies and shared the locations to which they are expected to be transferred. Currently, the 18 Federal Ministries that support the Mexican President in administrative functions are mostly in Mexico City.

The Ministry of Health is one of the dependencies currently located in Mexico City and it is expected to be transferred to the city of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. The administrative decentralization plan seeks to transfer faculties, attributions and resources to other states through their government agencies to promote even growth across Mexico.

“There are regions in the North, the Bajio and the Riviera Maya that have a growth between 5-8 percent while other regions experience rates below zero,” said López Obrador to El Economista. The decentralization aims to distribute public and private investment in a more equitable and just way through government agencies.

What do we know about the state of Guerrero and the city of Acapulco?

Acapulco is one of the busiest beach destinations due to its proximity to Mexico City and the state of Guerrero is included in the “Triangle of the Sun,” which includes the area connecting the three famous tourist destinations of Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Taxco.

The Government of Acapulco says the city, beyond being a tourist destination, is considered the most populated municipality by concentrating 3.6 million people – 23.04 percent of the total population of Guerrero.

The city is connected with national direct flights from Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City and international flights to the US cites of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Miami and New York.

Overall, Guerrero has a total of five high-altitude ports, two international airports and seven aerodromes that are fed primarily by the tourism and fishing industries, says the Ministry of Economy report. Also, the state has 158,366 established companies, which represents 3.1 percent of the total in Mexico, says the 2018 report by the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CONCANACO).

What about the Health Sector?

by Robert Ciavarro (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The official website of the Ministry of Health of the state of Guerrero says the entity has 41 general, community and specialty hospitals of which 16 are general hospitals, one is a hospital specialized in cancer research and the remaining 24 are basic hospitals.

In Acapulco, the government counts five general hospitals, a naval hospital, a regional military hospital, six ISSSTE clinics, four IMSS clinics, 91 SESA institutions and two Ministry of Defense hospitals. Plus, the municipality also has the State Institute of Cancerology, the State Center of Ophthalmology and the Integral Regional Rehabilitation Center of the DIF in Guerrero.


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