Mexico hires more Cuban doctors to cover specialized services

A group of 119 Cuban doctors will arrive in Mexico in January 2023, contracted to provide specialized services in that nation, as announced by public health authorities of that nation.

During the usual morning press conference offered by the Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorthe director of the National Social Security Institute, Zoé Robledo, recounted the hiring of island specialists to work in that territory.

Regarding that experience, he explained that 491 Cuban doctors already work in 11 states of the country, in very difficult and marginal places, and help provide coverage 24/7 in the hospitals where they are stationed, according to review Prensa Latina (PL) agency.

“In those remote places, where for many years there was no medical coverage, collaboration with Cuba through the Ministry of Health has been vital since the agreement was signed on July 20, a contingent of men and women with a lot of experience” he added.

The official assured that thanks to this alternative, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, ENT, trauma, orthopedics, hemophilia, anesthesia and emergency services, among others, can be provided in these places.

He also explained that the international call launched by the López Obrador government is maintained and that so far 994 doctors from numerous countries have responded to it, including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and the United States.

Since the most critical moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of Cuban doctors have provided services in hospitals in the Mexican capital under contracts that generated controversy due to their costs and the activities they carried out.

Local medical colleges have questioned this hiring when there are Mexican specialists without a position. López Obrador acknowledged that there are vacancies in the Mexican Institute of Social Security and in the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers, but that they do not take them because they are in rural and marginalized areas.

An agreement signed last May during the visit of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Havanacontemplates in a first stage the sending of 500 Cuban doctors to the Aztec nation with the aim of guaranteeing its citizens a universal health plan.

The Mexican president has reiterated that Cuban doctors will continue to be hired even if it hurts conservative politicians, since the purpose is to offer free and high-quality care to all Mexicans and reach the entire country with this service.

At the end of last July arrived in the Central American nation the first group of Cuban specialists that was stationed in the state of Nayarit, almost 800 kilometers from the Mexican capital.

The signed agreement also defines the purchase by the Mexican government of Abdala vaccines to combat COVID-19 infections in the country, where the first batch arrived at the end of last November.

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