Los Pinos will house healthcare workers amid the public health crisis

Doctors are afraid to return to their homes since they could infect their families with COVID-19

Los Pinos will house healthcare workers amid the public health crisis
Los Pinos turned into a cultural center when López Obrador took office in December 2018 - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 05/05/2020 11:47 Newsroom Mexico City Pedro Villa y Caña, Antonio Díaz, Sonia Sierra Actualizada 11:47

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Zoé Robledo, the head of the IMSS, announced Los Pinos cultural center, the former presidential residence, will shelter healthcare workers at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. 

Some of the doctors are afraid to return to their homes since they could infect their families with COVID-19. Others have been harassed or attacked as a result of their labor. 

During a news conference, Robledo said at least 80 health workers will stay at the venue. 

The services provided to the experts will include food, laundry, beds, as well as recreational activities. They will also have WiFi access and transport to hospitals. 

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Photo: Taken from the Culture Ministry's Twitter account
 
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Photo: Taken from the Culture Ministry's Twitter account
 
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Photo: Taken from the Culture Ministry's Twitter account
 
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Photo: Taken from the Culture Ministry's Twitter account
 

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Robledo explained the idea to use Los Pinos to house health workers came up when it became evident that they needed places to stay while they treated patients with COVID-19.

The IMSS director also explained that authorities analyzed the possibility to install a hospital at Los Pinos but decided the facilities weren't fit for a temporary hospital.

The cultural center could house up to 100 healthcare workers for around three weeks.

According to a poll, 86% of IMSS workers said they were interested in staying at Los Pinos during the public health emergency for security reasons, commute times, and to prevent contagions in their families.

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On May 4, health workers began to arrive at Los Pinos, where they will stay for around three weeks. 

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