President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on Tuesday that after the call he made last Saturday for medical personnel to join to attend the health emergency due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, there was a response of seven thousand people and so far three have been hired thousand.
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“They have been acting in a very responsible way, they are very supportive and women and men are registering to strengthen the public health system. Suffice it to say that on Saturday we called for doctors to participate in education and training and to supply specialists in intensive care; of the report that we have from Saturday to today, seven thousand doctors were enrolled for Insabi and for Social Security, ”he said.
“Yesterday I was informed that of those seven thousand, three thousand were hired. The hiring is being done with certified doctors, said the federal president at a morning press conference.
More than 19 thousand doctors and nurses register to face COVID-19
The head of the Ministry of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela, reported that until Monday, April 6, 19,373 doctors and nurses were enrolled to join the health system, to face the epidemic of the new coronavirus.
At the press conference of President López Obrador, he explained that a total of 6,344 general doctors, 82 anesthesiologists, three infectious diseases, 15 intensivists, 46 doctors specialized in internal medicine, 10 pulmonologists, 48 emergency physicians and 220 inhalotherapists have registered.
Likewise, 12 thousand 605 nurses have been registered, of whom 12 thousand 544 are generals and 61 specialists.
Alcocer Varela indicated that this is expected to offset the deficit of 200,000 doctors in the country, of them, 123,000 are general practitioners and 76,000 specialists.
“In many places (the general practitioners) have been displaced because they are looking for specialists, who are also necessary (…) In our places of medical care they are not sufficiently prepared to attend to them,” he said.
He explained that for the pre-registration of the call the participation of more than 57 thousand doctors was had, who “perhaps responded to the extra call for attention to give the stimulus of two points in the result of the Exam and who have been committed to their service social in the communities ”.
With information from Notimex