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Government to Recruit Over 13,000 Medical Specialists

By Antonio Gozain | Wed, 05/25/2022 - 12:00

After the controversy caused by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s decision to hire Cuban doctors to cover a shortage of general practitioners, the federal government published a national call for recruitment and hiring of medical specialists to cover 13,765 vacancies. The call will be open until June 3, 2022 and results will be announced on June 7, 2022, said Zoé Robledo, Director General, IMSS. “The positions guarantee attractive salaries for medical specialists who decide to provide their services and knowledge where they are most needed, in remote areas of high marginalization and poverty in our country. However, there are vacancies in cities too, in shifts that have historically been difficult to cover.”

 

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Cases of Acute Childhood Hepatitis Are Not Omicron-Related: WHO

While misinformation linked the new acute childhood hepatitis cases with a previous COVID-19 infection, a WHO technical report states that there is not enough information to identify the etiological agent behind these cases.

Eleven Countries Report Monkeypox Cases

WHO announced that the monkeypox outbreak has expanded to 11 non-endemic countries, with about 80 confirmed cases and 50 more under investigation. This is the largest and most widespread monkeypox outbreak ever seen in the EU as eight countries in the region have reported cases.

Poor Air Quality Causes 9 Million Annual Deaths

A study by The Lancet Commission on pollution and health found that air pollution has grown over the last two decades by at least 66 percent and is responsible for at least 9 million annual deaths.

Mexico Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns for Teenagers

In Mexico City and other states, teenagers from the ages of 12 and over are beginning to receive COVID-19 vaccines. However, younger children will still have to wait. “In Mexico, the adult dose is approved for people 12 years of age and older,” said Clark García Dobarganes, General Direction, Digital Government.

Sonora Joins IMSS-Bienestar Program

IMSS and the Sonora state government signed an agreement to settle the state’s incorporation into the IMSS-Bienestar program. The agreement was signed by Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo and IMSS Director General Zoé Robledo during a presidential conference in Sonora.

Mexico Commits to Global Health Goals

Mexico committed to global health goals during the 75th World Health Assembly that was inaugurated on May 22, 2022. Mexico made use of the forum to share its outlook on public health after the pandemic.

Clandestine Plastic Surgeries: Public Health Problem

Biopolymers or modelers for aesthetical purposes present a considerable risk for the population, said Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer. Clandestine clinics use illegal materials for aesthetical procedures that put health at risk, he added. Since February 2022, Mexico’s Ministry of Health has closed down 78 irregular establishments in 316 inspection operations.

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Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst