Mexico seeks to hire nearly 14,000 doctors due to shortage of health workers

This content was published on May 24, 2022 – 14:37

Mexico City, May 24 (efe) Cubans.

“We don’t have the doctors we need, according to the World Health Organization (WHO),” admitted the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during his daily press conference.

The positions, which include internists, emergency physicians, gynecologists, obstetricians, pediatricians and anesthesiologists, among others, are advertised in response to protests last week by Mexican doctors over the hiring of 500 Cubans.

The president assured that the government will “stock up on Mexican doctors as much as possible”, because “unfortunately” the country does not have all the specialists required.

For this reason, he defended the health agreement he signed on May 8 during his visit to Havana, which provides for the hiring of at least 500 general and specialized doctors from Cuba to achieve its objective of guaranteeing universal health.

“It is despicable that for political, ideological reasons, out of conservatism, out of retrograde thinking, he is disqualified. And the right to health is a human right and that’s because there are very good doctors in Cuba,” the president said.

Mexico has 2.4 doctors per 1,000 people, higher than the Latin America and the Caribbean average of 2 per 1,000, but below the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 3.5 ), according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

The president and director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Zoé Robledo, attributed the deficit to the “neoliberal period”.

“At the moment, what we think is that with this coverage of the 13,765 vacancies, we could be close to these indicators set by the World Health Organization itself,” Robledo said.

Most of the vacancies, more than 8,000, relate to the Health Institute for Welfare (Insabi), a public body created by López Obrador to take care of people without social security.

The specialties with the most vacancies are internal medicine with 1,753, emergencies with 1,728, gynecology with 1,572, pediatrics with 1,517 and anesthesiology with 1,367.

While the entities with the most places are Veracruz with 1,641, the State of Mexico with 1,613 and Michoacán with 781.

Robledo pointed out that now, in this new government, 20,000 specialists are trained every year, so “the intention is, in the medium term, that Mexico has a training capacity to fill such important gaps”.

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