Laura Poy Solano
Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday January 8, 2023, p. 13
Given the growth of covid-19 infections in Mexico, the Ministry of Health (Ssa) reports 96 medical units with 70 percent or more hospital occupancy in general beds, while six more are reported with the same saturation but in beds with a fan , intended for patients in critical condition.
According to data from the SARI Network Information System (Severe Acute Respiratory Infection) until January 6, seven more hospitals report an alert level for occupancy of ventilator beds in intensive care units (ICU), which exceeds 70 percent.
To this is added that 31 sanatoriums in the country report an occupation of general beds of between 50 and 70 percent; another nine with the same demand in beds with a fan and four medical units reported that between 50 and 70 percent of their beds with a fan in the ICU are occupied.
The IRAG Network reports highlight that Aguascalientes is the only state with 64.1 percent of its general beds occupied; Zacatecas follows, with 43.3; Querétaro, with 36.9; Hidalgo, with 35.2, and Durango, with 35.1 percent. In contrast, Campeche, Chiapas, Baja California, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Puebla and the state of Mexico report an occupancy rate in general beds of less than 5 percent.
Regarding the demand for beds with a fan, the entity with the highest occupancy is Colima, with 13.3 percent, while Aguascalientes reports 10 percent; Nayarit, 6.2; Hidalgo, 6; Tamaulipas, 5, and Jalisco, 4.3 percent.
In ICU beds with a fan, only Yucatán reports 100 percent occupancy; It is followed by Michoacán with 40 percent; Baja California, 33.3; Durango, 28.5; Zacatecas, 27.7, State of Mexico, 20.8, and Tamaulipas, with 20 percent.
The IRAG Network also reports that the hospitals with the highest saturation of general beds are located in Mexico City, with 14 hospitals with 100 percent occupancy; Coahuila, eight medical units; Jalisco, with seven; the state of Mexico and Nuevo León, six, and five in Guanajuato.
In the country’s capital, the Tláhuac, Azcapotzalco and Coyoacán mayors are notified with 100 percent occupancy in general beds; They are followed by the municipalities of Jesús María, in Aguascalientes; New Big Houses, Chihuahua; Pinos, Zacatecas, and Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, among others.