During the morning conference on Tuesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a scholarship program for 30,000 general practitioners to study specialties abroad. According to the Mexican president, the objective is to promote the training of specialist doctors in the country.

In addition, it was announced that the necessary budget will be allocated for this project and instructed the Secretaries of Health and Foreign Affairs to make the necessary arrangements.

The scholarships, he explained, could be administered by the Institute of Health for Welfare (Insabi), the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) or the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).

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He announced that the main agreement is that, upon their return to the country, specialists work in public hospitals so that they “return what the people are going to give them: the possibility of specializing.”

“Everyone who wants to study specialties will have a way of doing it. At the specialty level there will be no rejects. What are we going to do? If we do not have the capacity in Mexico, because it is not available to serve everyone, they will be able to go study abroad. (…) It is a decision that we have taken so that this legacy of 20, 30 thousand more specialists is left before or at the end of our government or the beginning of the next. Let us not go forward what we are suffering now, “he said.

Additionally, said the chief executive, more than 20 medical schools are being created in the country and the current process of applying for admission exams will be reviewed to correct any errors that may exist.

The Chief Executive assured that health, science and technology will have more resources than have already been increased compared to previous administrations.

The Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela, indicated that currently the deficit of health professionals is 200 thousand doctors, of which 123 thousand correspond to generals and the rest to specialists.

The undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, explained that at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic there were less than 2,500 people competent to act in the clinical field considering the different specialties.

He stressed that there were few critical medicine specialists, pulmonologists, and inhalation therapists, so the Institute of Health for Wellbeing implemented the pyramid model to optimize existing human resources.

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