Hospital director who won a presidential plane raffle prize, thought it was fake news

On September 15, the National Lottery held the “presidential plane raffle” (Photo: EL UNIVERSAL / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO)

This Tuesday, September 15 National Lottery carried out the “presidential plane raffle”, officially named as Great Special Draw number 235. In this 100 winning tickets of 20 million pesos each were chosen, where two public hospitals won with their little pieces.

One of them is the General Hospital of Zone No.1 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Tepic, Nayarit; while the second is the Hospital of the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) in Fresnillo, Zacatecas.

But in this time of “Fake News“, the director of the ISSSTE in Fresnillo, Gerardo Navarro García had his doubts about the veracity of the situation. In an interview with the newspaper El Universal, the doctor admitted that he thought the news was false.

However, seeing that the governor of their state, Alejandro Tello Cisterna, made the announcement within his social networks, it was when they realized that this was true.

The director of the ISSSTE of Fresnillo did not believe the news (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The director of the ISSSTE of Fresnillo did not believe the news (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

According to what Navarro García told the newspaper, it was just last Sunday that the Institute of Health of Wellbeing (Insabi) gave them a batch of 1,051 pieces of the raffle. The director explained that the tickets were formalized by an official letter that specified the series numbers, as well as the bases for the application and delivery of the resources in case of being winners.

Now that they were winners, the director pointed out that they have to make a list of everything they need, since the hospital has many shortcomings.

“It is important to acquire specialized equipment such as a tomograph, an intensive therapy area, mechanical ventilators, maintenance and many other things”, Navarro García explained to the publication.

Despite being optimistic about her situation, she also admitted that she will have to prioritize some medical items over others. 20 million pesos is a considerable amount of money, but the medical equipment is very expensive..

A hospital in Nayarit took another of the winning pieces (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

A hospital in Nayarit took another of the winning pieces (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

As an example, the 39-year-old doctor mentioned that a single mechanical ventilator is worth approximately 800 thousand pesos, and an ultrasound can cost up to a million pesos.

The principal, who has been in this position for two years, explained that the award came at a great time, as it was necessary to raise the spirits within the staff. Although they are not a Covid hospital, they have all worked non-stop and are already exhausted.

I think it was one of the best decisions, because it encourages us to move forward and lifts our spirits”Said the doctor.

Despite having access to a lot of money, medical equipment is very expensive (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Despite having access to a lot of money, medical equipment is very expensive (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The winners

The IMSS account of Nayarit released the news through its Twitter account last Tuesday afternoon.

“Jackpot! Ticket number wins 5352100 granted to Hosp. General of Zone No.1 in Tepic of the IMSS. 20 million to improve the hospital! This little piece will be destined to the expansion of emergencies and tocosurgery, as well as to the remodeling of the laundry ”, they wrote.

On his own, Tello Cisterna published the image of the winning piece and with this he accompanied the good news.

My congratulations to the Fresnillo ISSSTE Hospital, which this afternoon was the winner of one of the 100 prizes of 20 million pesos with ticket number 1285450, undoubtedly great news for the right holders of the mineral, “he wrote on that social network.

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