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Colima Health, Education and Arts


The state of Colima has 10 general hospitals, 153 outpatient centers, and 16 surgical centers throughout the state.

Most of the Mexican population is covered under a government health plan. The IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social) covers the general population. USA News stations have recently done a lot of articles and coverage on the IMSS due to health care debates there.

The ISSSTE (Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de Trabajadores del Estado) covers state workers.


Three major universities educate students in Colima city: the University of Colima, The Technological Institute of Colima, and the Monterey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Colima campus.

The system of public education was first started by President Benito Juárez in 1867. Public education is free for all students from ages six to sixteen. There were about 115,000 school-age children in the state in 2000. Many students elect to go to private schools. Families who can afford it send their children to private schools, while the poor often attend public schools with few materials.

The Universidad de Colima (University of Colima) and the Technological Institute of Colima are both located in the capital. The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the main campus of which is in Monterrey, Nuevo León, has a branch campus in Colima.

Arts, Libraries and Museums

The state of Colima has over twenty theaters, many of them open-air style. One of the best known is the Teatro Hidalgo. Most major cities sponsor exhibitions and cultural fairs.

Colima has 49 branches of the national library system. It also has 19 museums including the salt museum in the city of Armería. In the capital, Colima, are the Museo Regional de Historia (Museum of Regional History), the Museo de Artes Populares (Folk Art Museum), and the Museo de las Culturas de Occidente (Museum of Western Culture).

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Dog 3 Mexico has many fine arts and crafts and hold cultural festivals to celebrate sculpture and painting. A unique piece of artwork in the Colima area are figurines of the "Colima Dog". Some are very old and it is a popular style based on the "Xoloitzcuintli" or "Xolo" dog. This dog has held center stage attention in Mexcio for thousands of years. It is, in fact, hairless making it popular with owners with allergies and people that are very neat and clean and don't like dog hair.

The Xolo is known to be a good companion, affectionate and loyal. Because of the lack of hair, the dogs seem to much warmer to the touch. They have played a role in Mexico's past and were highly regarded by ancient cultures. The Aztecs regarded the dog as having mystical healing abilities. The name, Xolotl, for the Aztec God of Lightening, was joined with "itzcuintli" to form the name Xoloitzcuintli. The dogs were frequently buried with their master. Statues of these dogs were also placed in tombs, thus born the Colima Dog statues. They are clay statues and they have been found in thousands of burial sites in Mexico. They have become highly collectible. The Aztecs actually ate the dogs too, believing the flesh itself had medicinal properties.

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