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AMLO announces Cuban doctors hired to fill Mexico’s health sector deficit

Mexico City, Mexico — After a visit of Latin America, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to announce the hiring of 500 medical doctors for Mexico.

During his Monday morning press conference, AMLO announced the hiring of more than 500 Cuban doctors to fill the deficit in the Mexican health sector. AMLO made the announcement after visiting five Latin American countries last week.

He said while in Cuba, an agreement was signed with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that will see the doctors practice in Mexico. AMLO reiterated the country’s lack of medical staff, especially in the more remote, poor areas.

“We have hospitals but we don’t have pediatricians and even more so if it comes to going to work in poor areas,” he said Monday adding that was a deciding factor in hiring the 500-plus Cuban medical personnel.

“Medical attention, medicines, analyzes and clinical studies free of charge are things we have already started, but we have this deficit that we are now solving,” he said acknowledging the shortage of medical specialists.

“We are also going to hire doctors from Cuba, they are going to come to work in our country. We made this decision because we do not have the doctors we need in the country […] We have a shortage of specialists,” he stressed.

AMLO did not specify when the doctors would begin arriving in Mexico.