Miguel Ángel Piza and The Boldness to Command the ...

Miguel Ángel Piza and The Boldness to Command the Fight Against Covid-19

Undoubtedly, the health sector of Aguascalientes has been key to coping with  the Covid-19 pandemic and facing both the sanitary and economic crises. Health workers have demonstrated their courage, service, and humane spirit as this is an important productive activity, too.

It is evident that Aguascalientes has become modernized and that there are more new hospitals and companies. In the state, the public health sector has grown considerably in the last four years. A new unit of the 3rd General Hospital of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) was built, the long-awaited Centenario Hospital Miguel Hidalgo was finished, and the Third Millenium General Hospital (HGTM), and the General Hospital of Calvillo, for emergencies and pediatric attention, respectively, were expanded.

Against all odds, uncertain numbers, and a harsh barrage of criticism, Miguel Ángel Piza Jiménez is reaching his first year leading the Health Ministry (SSA), and the Health Services Institute of the State of Aguascalientes (ISSEA). Piza Jiménez has been, without a doubt, one of the key authorities in the fight against Covid-19.

Piza Jiménez leads an army of 7,200 soldiers who are willing to risk it all to win the battle against the mortal virus. Aguascalientes is currently the second state with the lowest fatality rate in the country with 6.9 percent, only Baja California has a lower rate; a result that is attributed to the correct decisions made in the health system (Aguascalientes ranks fourth nationally in the number of tests done), but above all, due to the indefatigable job of the health staff.

The business ecosystem has also had a relevant role in the front line as many national and international companies have shown their generosity by donating face masks, mouth masks, surgical suits, and other protection equipment for the staff. There is also an large amount of businessmen and entrepreneurs who, in an altruistic and anonymous way, have made donations to help contain the virus.