MEXICO (Agencies) – The former head of Mexico’s Foreign Affairs, Jorge Castañeda, questioned the presidential consideration of bringing in medical personnel from Cuba, the Caribbean nation presided over by Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Derived from the world crisis of coronavirus, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he is considering bringing Cuban doctors specialized in intensive care to Mexico. This statement, which opens the door for foreign medical personnel to cover faculties of the Mexican State, has been severely criticized by many in Mexico, amongst those: Jorge Castañeda Gutman, former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), during Vicente Fox presidency.
“In honor of the truth, (López Obrador) did not say that he would do it, but he did say that he would consider it, (which) is very questionable from various points of view,” the Princeton University graduate began his analysis for the Latinus media.
Latinus is a new media outlet founded in the United States whose purpose is to reach Latin American audiences in that country. The recent creation of this platform is due to the broad demographic that Latinos represent in the 52 states of the United States. Currently, Latinos are the first minority in the United States, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in that country.
The first observation Castañeda makes is that in Mexico, what is lacking are job openings for doctors, not physicians. In other words, the service that Cuba could offer is unnecessary for the country, since the lack of health personnel is not necessarily a conflict for Mexico; “perhaps there is a problem with some young doctors who do not necessarily want to go to the areas of the country where they are most needed, but in their social service they do so a lot and have been doing so for many years.”
A second reflection is regarding the conditions in which Cuban doctors work abroad. “From Angola in the 1970s to Italy in 2020, the Cuban government charges a fortune in salary -to the government of each country- for each doctor that goes, but the doctor only receives a tiny fraction of that amount. Most of the money is kept in Cuba so that the health professional does not abandon the task and go to the United States.”
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