Zoé’s compass – El Sol de México

By Javier Baltsé

IMSS Regulatory Coordinator

Last Tuesday, December 5, in the Congress Auditorium of the National Medical Center Siglo XXI, the 114th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) was held.

In her report, Zoé Robledo, general director of the Institute, used 8 objects to tell the history of the IMSS and the achievements of its management. At the end of his message, he spoke about a compass: he described it as one of the simplest and most revolutionary objects in the history of humanity, which for him, in public life, represents one of the values ​​that should guide us: congruence .

He did so to explain his reasons and his decision to postpone, at this time, his personal political project: governing the state of Chiapas and continuing to head the IMSS.

“Politics had planned and paved a route to the South for me. Route back to my destination, which I will never give up. But history had other plans,” he noted.

For some this statement could be mere rhetoric, however, those of us who work in Social Security know that this is not the case. Zoé Robledo’s leadership matters. Hardly anyone would have been able to finish what he started and do it with the intensity and pace that he sets.

The work of the general director of the IMSS is outstanding and regarding his presidential assignment: Build the medical care system for people without social security with the IMSS Bienestar, he is achieving something that was believed impossible; unify the health system.

Without a doubt, Zoé Robledo has given another face to Social Security. The heart does not speak, it is the data: In this administration, 10 hospitals have been completed and 8 more are under construction, investment has been made like never before for the conservation and maintenance of units that had been neglected for years, 759 Hospital Units were brought up to date. Family Medicine, 211 hospitals and 803 operating rooms, 16 new Hemodynamics rooms have been completed for the care of cardiac emergencies – a condition that is the leading cause of death in the country – and 20 chemotherapy factories.

It has also been invested in the purchase of medical equipment, just to give an example: 14 thousand hospital beds, 260 mammograms, 60 tomographs have been replaced; More has been invested in training specialists and technological innovation.

Zoé Robledo acknowledged that the decision was not easy and that she had to choose between politics or history: “But my compass marked it clearly: the correct route, not the obvious or the simple one: Consolidate the health system that the people of Mexico deserve. and do it from the most noble institution of this country. “The Mexican Social Security Institute”.

This is what Zoé said, who today is focused on continuing to transform Insurance and building the IMSS for those who do not have IMSS.

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