Mexico City.- The Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI), confronted the journalist and businessman Pedro Ferriz Hijar, after last Friday, June 10, he affirmed through social networks that the Coordinator of Strategic Analysis and Evaluation of Insabi, Joaquín Molina Leza was the one who promoted the hiring of Cuban doctors in Mexico, Regarding this issue, Insabi said that since 2021, given the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, Cuban doctors came to the country to attend to patients who needed hospitalization. They assured that, thanks to this support, it was possible to launch the General Hospital of Tháhuac in Mexico City, at a time when medical personnel were needed. Insabi clarified that those who established this cooperation agreement were established by the Government of Mexico through the Ministry of Health and the government of Cuba. so Dr. Molina Leza had nothing to do with hiring health professionals. Regarding this issue of support, they recalled that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been very clear that “Mexico has a chronic need for doctors and specialists, especially to cover remote and marginalized areas of the country. Mexican doctors, for various reasons, are not interested in going to these areas.” Therefore, the Government of Mexico launched the National Day of Recruitment and Contracting for Doctors and Specialist Doctors, held from May 24 to June 3, in order to fill 14,323 vacancies throughout the national territory. From the analysis of the demand for medical personnel specialized in the public health sector, it was found that the five specialties that are most needed in the country occupy 57 percent of the total vacancies, which are: Internal Medicine, one thousand 753 vacancies; Urgenciology, one thousand 728; Gynecology and Obstetrics, one thousand 572; Pediatrics, one thousand 517; and Anesthesiology, one thousand 367.From the analysis of the demand for medical personnel specialized in the public health sector, it was found that the five specialties that are most needed in the country occupy 57 percent of the total vacancies, which are: Internal Medicine, one thousand 753 vacancies; Urgenciology, one thousand 728; Gynecology and Obstetrics, one thousand 572; Pediatrics, one thousand 517; and Anesthesiology, one thousand 367.La National Day of Recruitment and Hiring of Specialist Doctors is an unprecedented exercise in Mexico. Never before had a job bank in the health sector been concentrated for doctors and medical specialists to express their interest in working in public institutions. In this call, a record of 10,920 doctors was obtained, who applied for six thousand 963 places, of the 14,323 available. The seven thousand 360 places without applications are located mainly in the marginalized areas of Chiapas, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz. This confirms what the Secretary of Health said in the Pulse of Health: medical specialists do not accept to go to marginalized areas of the country. The numbers prove it. It should be noted that the medical missions created by the Cuban government began in 1963, to provide services in Algeria and, since that date, thousands of Cuban doctors have provided their services in countries that officially request it because they do not have enough medical personnel. Cuban medical brigades have served in 164 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Portugal.Dr. Joaquín Molina Leza is Cuban by birth and naturalized Mexican. He has been married to a Mexican for more than 30 years and has 2 Mexican children by birth who are now adults. He was an international official of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for three decades and in 2018 he retired. Later he was hired by Insabi for his extensive experience in countries such as Mexico, Panama, Brazil and Nicaragua, so he broadly meets the profile of the position he occupies in this institution. Finally, it is reiterated, as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador himself has said, that Cuban doctors have not yet arrived in the country and that as soon as the number of doctors and the areas in which they will be are defined, the people of Mexico will be informed, as they do daily in their morning conference. You may also be interested in Mexico needs medical specialists, not only in urban areas, but also in rural and marginalized areas, which is where the poorest people are.
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