The head of the IMSS denied the substitution of Cuban doctors in the IMSS, as part of the cooperation agreements between the Mexican institution and the Cuban Ministry of Health, however he did confirm a “signed a cooperation agreement”.

CDMX. (Times Media Mexico) – After multiple news outlets in Mexico published yesterday July 11, 2019 a news item regarding the entry of thousands of Cuban doctors, the head of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Zoé Robledo, launched a communiqué via Twitter in which he acknowledged “a cooperation agreement between IMSS and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, but denied the arrival of 3,000 Cuban doctors in the country at the end of September.

“Two weeks ago I met with the Minister of Public Health of Cuba @japortalmiranda (Juan Ángel Portal Miranda) within the framework of the agreement of Technical Cooperation in Research and Education”, he indicated in his Twitter account. “This agreement does not contemplate the visit, much less the substitution by Cuban doctors in the IMSS”, adds the publication of the head of the dependency.

However, Robledo did meet with José Ángel Portal Miranda, Cuba’s Minister of Public Health, on June 29 and signed a cooperation agreement between the two organizations. In this meeting Robledo says they shared “points of view and successful experiences of both health systems”.

Zoé Robledo confirmed what The Yucatan Times” published regarding the more than 10,000 people who have been laid off in the health sector. “More than 10,000 people have been fired from the health sector in Mexico according to the austerity program announced by President Lopez Obrador whose purpose”, he says, “is to attack corruption”.

Regarding the arrival of the doctors in the state of Morelos, the mayor of Cuautla Morelos, Jesus Corona, confirmed a two-week visit by Cuban doctors whose objective is to generate “an exchange of knowledge and experiences with members of the local medical community”.

Health Ministry denies hiring Cuban doctors but…
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that the information generated in the different news outlets and published in the national media about the signing of an agreement for the hiring of Cuban doctors in national territory “is false and has no support whatsoever”. However, during the Cuban delegation’s visit, there were meetings with officials from the Ministry of Health, the Mexican Social Security Institute, and the Coordinating Commission of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals (CCINSHAE). The Cubans also met with the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris), as well as with officials of the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (Issste).

Zoé Robledo said they agreed to schedule a next meeting, as soon as possible, to consolidate cooperation in the following areas:

  • – Capacity Building for Health Professionals
  • – Regulatory issues
  • – Scientific and technical cooperation
  • – Medicines
  • – Medical attention models

If there is something that has been a constant during the AMLO’s administration, is contradiction. Throughout history Mexicans have seen that in this country nothing happens without a cause…

Time will tell.

The Yucatan Times
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