Campeche, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has endorsed the federal government’s commitment to consolidate the country’s health system this year. When heading the Mexico-Cuba bilateral meeting on health, López Obrador said that in July, Mexico will have a universal, free and quality public health system with the support of doctors and Cuban specialists.
“We are very grateful to the doctors of our brother people of Cuba and we are very grateful to President Díaz-Canel for helping us to have doctors and specialists, to be able to cover the entire country with doctors, with nurses, with specialists, that we have doctors not only from Monday to Friday, but seven days a week and 24 hours a day that we can have doctors in health centers, medical units, in second-level hospitals, in rural hospitals. It is a challenge and we are going to fulfill this commitment,” he said during his weekend press conference from Campeche.
The IMSS Well-being model is present in eleven states and benefits the population who are without social security through the equipment and modernization of facilities, from rural medical centers to hospital, as well as the supply of medicines, which will be guaranteed in 2023 and 2024, as well as the hiring of sufficient medical personnel, he explained.
The Government of Mexico, he said, created the Benito Juárez García Universities for Well-being, where the degree in integral medicine and community health is taught. He grants 20,000 scholarships for the specialization of medical personnel, which means double those that were delivered in previous six-year terms.
Based on these actions, the aim is to reverse the deficit of doctors, a result of the privatizing educational policy that massively rejected young people who aspired to a higher education.
In the 7th Naval Region of Campeche, the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who accompanied López Obrador, recognized the work of the Cuban doctors who provide their services to Mexico.
In addition, he distinguished bilateral ties between nations characterized by friendship and cooperation in areas of common interest such as education and health.
“Our recognition for their commendable work that they have done in these months, their willingness to come without qualms to collaborate with this sister country is worthy of admiration. Their presence here at the request of the Mexican government adds to the efforts of this country to guarantee comprehensive and quality medical care,” he said.