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Mexican health secretary explains Cuba’s support

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Mexican health secretary explains Cuba’s support

Mexico City, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The deficit of general practitioners, specialists and nurses in Mexico is chronic and its geographical distribution is unequal, Secretary of Health Jorge Alcocer explained on Tuesday, hence the support requested from Cuba.
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At President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s morning press briefing, held on Tuesday at the City Hall Palace in the historic center of Mexico City, the official gave a historic account of this situation in response to those who criticize the hiring of foreign doctors.

Alcocer said that people require the presence of doctors in hospitals and healthcare centers 24 hours a day including weekends, something that does not happen in the country, and we want to complete the necessary three working shifts.

He reported that the training program for doctors is being maintained and a first group will graduate in a few months.

He added that they have nearly 13,000 interns, 5,500 of them in hospitals and some 7,000 in the Mexican Social Security Institute, and there are also nearly 7,000 students in the universities under scholarships.

He pointed out that general practitioners are fundamental in the world’s healthcare systems, but specialties must be created and that is what this government is doing.

They are already training 18,000, and they plan to reach 30,000 in a few years. All of them receive scholarships to support them, and some of them are studying abroad, in experienced countries such as Cuba.

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