It’s always better to be over prepared when it comes to COVID-19, says Governor

Additional beds being installed at the emergency hospital setup in Mérida’s Siglo XXI convention center. Photo: Courtesy
Additional beds being installed at the emergency hospital setup in Mérida’s Siglo XXI convention center. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s state government has already invested over 44 million MXP in the construction of two new emergency COVID-19 hospitals.

“We are not expecting another major surge of COVID-19 patients, but if it comes, we must be prepared,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dorsal.

The first of these emergency hospitals was set up in Mérdia’s Siglo XXI convention center, and came at a cost of approximately 9 million MXP.  

The hospital in Valladolid came in at a much higher cost, over 34 million MXP, because unlike the hospital in Mérida, most of it’s infrastructure was built from scratch. 

State health authorities have said that investment in these two emergency hospitals is to continue, though hopefully the expanded facilities will not be needed. 

“415 people have been treated at the emergency hospital in the convention center. Compared to other states in the country, Yucatán is doing fairly well, placing 19 of 32, with regard to deaths from COVID-19,” said state health director, Sauri Vivas.

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Authorities informed that measures designed to combat COVID-19 have also had the effect of reducing the spread of communicable diseases over all. For example, cases of dengue were down over 77% in 2020 compared to the previous year. 

The total number of reported COVID-19 infections in Yucatán currently stands at 32,253, while deaths now exceed 3070. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.