A Cuban physician has been shot useless at a hospital in a tough neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico Metropolis, prosecutors within the state of Mexico confirmed late on Monday.
The physician, whose title was not supplied, was killed on Friday together with a nurse and one other lady at a hospital in the suburb of Ecatepec.
The killing comes after criticism of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plan to rent tons of of Cuban docs to work the place Mexican docs aren’t obtainable, or in areas the place they don’t need to work as a result of they’re too harmful or distant.
The Cuban physician killed in Ecatepec was not half of the present hiring program, however his loss of life raised questions over the security of the plan.
Prosecutors within the state of Mexico, which borders Mexico Metropolis, mentioned two armed males entered the hospital within the early morning hours of Friday and requested for a feminine affected person on the reception desk.
Being unable to find her, the gunmen then pressured the receptionist to open the door to a second-floor medical space, the place they opened hearth, killing the nurse and one other lady, and wounding the physician.
The physician died later of his wounds at one other hospital. Native media mentioned the opposite sufferer was a girl who had been visiting a relative present process remedy.
Mexican gangs have been recognized to enter hospitals at gunpoint to complete off wounded rivals, and Mexico has additionally seen a wave of violence in opposition to medical personnel.
In July, medical faculty graduates and residents demonstrated throughout the nation to protest concerning the 15 July capturing loss of life of 24-year-old Erick David Andrade within the northern state of Durango as he was treating a affected person.
He was days away from ending the necessary time period of barely paid “social service” required of Mexican med faculty graduates earlier than beginning an internship or residency.
On 11 July, an anesthesiologist for a rural authorities hospital was shot to loss of life at her house within the neighboring state of Chihuahua.
That very same month two paramedics had been murdered whereas transporting a affected person in the identical violence-plagued northern state.
In the meantime, critics have filed injunctions in opposition to the plan to rent greater than 500 specialised docs from Cuba, over 100 of whom have already arrived and are working within the western states of Nayarit and Colima.
The injunction claims the federal government has not proved the docs have the power or coaching wanted to apply in Mexico, and argued that a lot of the docs’ pay would possibly go to the Cuban authorities, not the medical professionals themselves.
On Tuesday, López Obrador defended this system, saying Mexico didn’t have sufficient specialists.
“It’s absurd, irrational for folks to query the truth that Cuban specialist docs are coming to Mexico in solidarity with us,” the president mentioned.