Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
TIJUANA BC (Frontera, Laura Durán, 5/22/11) - About 15% of the population in Baja California has suffered an episode of depression, confirmed Luis Enrique Dorantes Marines, director general of the Instituto de Siquiatría (Institute of Psychiatry) of the State. According to the depression specialist, severe, moderate or mild are conditions that more so afflict Baja Californianos, although not all are receiving medical support. "Hence we will see increased problems of anxiety, personality disorders and finally psychotic problems such as schizophrenia, mania or hypomania. The latter mostly coming to psychiatric hospitals, although they are not as common in the population”, he concluded. In general, treating psychiatric diseases, said Dorantes Marines, is expensive, but thanks to Government support, cost is reduced exponentially. As an example, he mentioned the Hospital de Salud Mental de Tijuana, which receives a grant from the State Government which can provide support to people who have no social insurance, popular insurance or any other type of medical insurance. "If the socio-economic study determines they cannot afford anything they will not be charged five cents. This includes hospitalization and medication.” That is a considerable savings taking into account a consultation at a psychiatric institution costs between 150 and 300 pesos ($13 – 26) and at private facilities from 1,000 to 1,500 pesos ($87 – 129). "Unfortunately costs requiring catastrophic insurance prevail in mental illness cases because the stay in a psychiatric hospital can be $1,800 or $2,000 daily", concluded the director of the Institute of Psychiatry of the State.
MEXICO DF (SUN/Frontera, 5/22/11/) - The Coordinator of the PRD in the Senate, Carlos Navarrete, said that because of the political climate of the United States he has lost all hope to stop arms trafficking. Mexico will continue to pay with blood, tears and deaths because of this situation. "On the issue of arms, I have already lost all hope of signing with another US Government because their Constitution makes it impossible. It is the second amendment that gives them the right to bear arms", he added. He said, “Here it costs us blood, sweat, tears, and death on all sides. We try to stop arms trafficking and drug smuggling but it crosses the border, disappears and then appears on US streets at very high price". A few weeks ago, a delegation of Mexican legislators went to the US Congress to address bilateral issues. Senator Navarrete Ruiz said our nation was told to assume the task of stopping drug traffic towards the US. “Is that because you decided so? Where is it signed that it’s our duty?" Meanwhile, Navarrete Ruiz expressed his concern for the "porosity" that exists in the Mexican customs. This is because “it has to do with in everything, not just migrants. It is all the trade, weapons, drugs, everything. It is impossible to have control over this," he lamented. During a meeting with members of the Comité Central de la Comunidad Judía de México (Committee Central of the Community Jewish of Mexico) chaired by the master Rafael Zaga, the Coordinator of PRD Senators noted the Mexican Government is obliged to change its strategy to both stop the trafficking of weapons, as well as the drugs in our country. He said the issue of what enters and leaves us, is a matter of our nation and we should resolve it as we can. Mexico should focus on the theme of internal control over the smuggling of weapons and drugs. The PRD Senator said, "Mexico should throw all the strength of the State against internal crime, kidnapping, extortion, murder, theft, and narcomenudeos. We must concentrate all the strength we have, operational, human, all kinds, and squeeze the hand seriously". In this sense the Senator indicated any President of Mexico in 2012, shall be obliged to make a change of strategy to combat insecurity. “We can’t allow the states of Tamaulipas, Monterrey, Tijuana, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Michoacán and Guerrero to rot”, he said. Navarrete said he is much in favor of a withdrawal of the army, but only if the federal police were trained and ready for the transfer. The army, however, cannot be at the forefront of the fight because there is a risk of power struggles and disputes. For this reason, we stated in our agreement that we will have to find a mechanism to ensure all of the States clean up their police bodies. "They must be given a shake-up", he said.