Medical students in faraway cities risk their lives

Gisela Reyes / Correspondent / El Diario

Thursday, 04 February 2021 | 12:01

Mexico City– Mountain areas or remote communities pose a great danger to trained doctors because of the distance and lack of police stations or monitoring in health centers. Unfortunately, asking for help or requesting a change to do social service is not an easy thing. Dr Maria Del Sol Alamela, health specialist.

After the unfortunate death of Dr. Mariana Sanchez, in Okocingo Chiapas, who requested a change after denouncing the abuse and harassment, the expert at La Salle University accused the students that they had no support or guarantees for their safety and often slept in a small space. Room with bed only, bathroom without fences or anything providing security.

In an interview with El Diario, Alamilla urged federal and state health authorities to develop a detailed map of all communities in which health centers exist and implement security strategies in order to prevent workers or students from continuing to be vulnerable until life.

What happened with Mariana happened years ago, what is happening is that now it has become more clear, and circumstances may differ because there are special squares that are central and rural squares and the last are those that are seen with less elements than everyone. The types of infrastructure for health centers or units are very basic for a social service doctor. Who sleeps in the community. “

He added that they are places that depend on the entity, the population, and the borders of society, and they generally have a doctor’s office, a sitting room, and an adjacent room occupied by trainees, so this type of place is called

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C, where they are exposed the most.

“Not only because it is a rural community and we know that they have their own rules and that they only come into this community with ideologies and you will put your services into practice and provide your services as a doctor, and yet you go to the battlefield because they are places where there is no safety around them and this represents a greater risk, besides Going to a certain community is really dangerous because you don’t know what you’re up against, “said Dr. Amela.

He even said that these places are not guarded by another person, that is, the trainee is the head of the health unit and he only has people who cooperate with the operation but not with a guard or monitor. The other factor, he explained, is the social factor and the reality is that the people who work there are unknown because they are free access places. For its part, the National Federation of Health Workers in Mexico protested in front of the facilities of the Health Institute for Welfare, INSABI, in Mexico City, demanding the authorities to stop residents, students and temporary workers from being health fodder. System throughout the country; Given the insecurity, they asserted that they would not allow more violations or more crimes.

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