The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradordefended this Monday his decision to hire some 500 Cuban doctors to cover remote regions of the country, in the face of rejection by trade associations that consider it discriminatory.
Lopez Obrador He justified his decision by stating that Mexico has a deficit of about 50,000 doctors general and specialists, and that many professionals are reluctant to be assigned to remote or difficult-to-reach areas. As an example, he cited the lack of pediatricians in rural areas.
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“We don’t have specialists to go to work in hospitals, in the poorest, most remote areas,” assured the leftist leader during his daily conference at the National Palace, in Mexico City.
The ruler requested hiring to his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canelduring a visit to Havana on May 8, in which it was also agreed to buy pediatric vaccines against the covid-19.
As he said, the doctors Cubans They will be sent to areas such as Tlapa, a municipality in the state of Guerrero (south), considered one of the most impoverished in the country.
“We are hiring all doctorsbut as we know that we are not going to have enough to cover the entire network of health centers, rural medical units, hospitals, that is why we are making this agreement to bring 500 doctors”he insisted.
The authorities mexican had already employed a similar number of professionals Cubans in 2020 to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
medical associations mexican They reject that the government go to these doctors, considering that this is “unfairly relegated” to professionals in the country.
“These doctors foreigners do not meet the required competencies, do not have duly specified functions, do not have the requirements established by current laws”, recently stated in a statement the Federations, Associations and Schools doctors from Mexico.
Lopez Obrador He disqualified these statements on the grounds that their authors defended in the past a system of corruption that turned the study of medicine and access to health into the privilege of a few.
“They do not like free health because they consider health to be a privilege” and defend “That anyone who has money to pay can be served”he remarked.
Lopez Obrador He also maintained that the doctors Cubans they will earn as much as the Mexicans and that it does not interfere in the way in which Havana pays their salaries, in the face of complaints from Mexican opponents that the Cuban government makes an unfair distribution of those resources.