Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to triple payments in euros for the services of more than 600 doctors sent by the Cuban regime. to work in Mexico’s public health system from 2022, according to an addendum that is part of the agreement signed between the two governments. Latina publication aimed at the Latino audience in the United States.
The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) has also agreed that deposits should not be made in dollars or through US banks located or not located in the US, banks and subsidiaries with a majority of US capital, or subsidiaries of US banks. US territory. The regime seeks to prevent Washington’s interference in these resources.
The terms were changed in September 2022 by a Addendum to the July agreement of last year between IMSS and the state-owned company Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos.
In the cooperation agreement for a period of one year, IMSS promises to pay more than €1,777,300 per month for the accommodation of up to 610 medical professionals. 12 months after the signing of this Agreement, The system had already received more than 288 million Mexican pesos (about $17,146,000 at current exchange rates).
Now, instead of paying the system marketer monthly, IMSS deposits money into the accounts of Neuronic Mexicana, created in 1993 and run by Cuban Tania Guerra Perez.according to the Mexico City public registry.
Guerra Perez graduated from the Technological University of Havana (CUJAE) and was the director of Neuronic in Cuba for 14 years, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Neuronic SA appears on the Internet as a company that develops, produces and markets high-tech medical equipment and software for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the neurophysiological system. Its business system is also a platform for manufacturing and marketing advanced scientific and technological results in other fields.
in log Procopa (Official page of the Directorate of Promotion and Communication of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba) Neuronic is described as an exporter of goods, an exporter of services, and an importer; Affiliated to the Cabinet and part of BioCubaFarma within the Supreme Organizations of Business Administration (OSDE). Engineer Tania Guerra Perez still appears there as director. The company’s headquarters is located in Playa, Havana.
Under Lopez Obrador’s government, Neuronic Mexicana has also received direct funding of 509,000 pesos for four research projectsMany of them are related to Alzheimer’s disease. It also secured three contracts with the State Biological and Interactive Laboratories of Mexico (BIRMEX), for which it received more than 100 million pesos from public resources between 2022 and 2023.
The addition also includes new numbers in the chart of specialists located in Mexicowhich means a greater expenditure of public resources, according to documents he obtained Latin.
The site said it obtained the information “through Transparency”, but did not specify whether it was the Mexican government institute for this purpose or another organization.
The Cuban system added a chief national coordinator, to whom Mexico pays 1,930 euros per month, as well as a professional performance manager, an economist and a law specialist. For those who are allocated a salary of 1,498 euros per month.
The delegation of 610 specialists that arrived in Mexico last year was added to the delegation of 585 Cuban doctors requested by the Mexico City government in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to official figures, export professionals To various countries during the year 2022, it made profits for Havana amounting to 4882 million dollars, which is higher than in 2020 and 2021 and close to 2019. This is more than is collected from fishing, mining, sugar and tobacco combined. In recent months, the government has managed to send about 200 of its toilets to Italy, and it has been announced that a new batch has been set up in Portugal.
In Mexico, where as of last May there were more than 700 contract doctors on the island, the authorities said that number would rise to 1,200.
According to the Statistical Yearbook 2022, published by the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI), During that year, the number of doctors working on the island decreased by 12,065 compared to 2021.. This has also affected disciplines such as dentistry and nursing.
Previously, from 2008 to 2018, a total of 98,000 jobs disappeared in the Ministry of Public Health, when the sector underwent a “restructuring”, according to an investigation by DIARIO DE CUBA published in 2019.
Data collected by the independent Cuba Data project, through a comprehensive health survey, revealed that 57.6% of those surveyed who were asked about access to medical care on the island found it “great difficulty” or “impossible” to access it. those services.
In August 2022, The NGO Prisoners Defenders condemned at a press conference in Mexico that the Cuban doctors sent to that country belonged to the military and none of them were specialists.
Javier Larondo, director of the NGO, denounced that “the Cuban government, fearing that its specialists would abandon their mission in order to reach the United States, sends only primary care doctors, of very dubious training who also belong to the island’s army.” .
Sectors of Mexican civil society and the political opposition questioned the agreement with HavanaThey noted that Mexico had enough doctors who could not find work and that the authorities were not receiving their requests to improve working conditions.
Havana retains at least 75% of the salary paid to doctors by beneficiary countries. In addition, Cuban health professionals who are sent to missions abroad are closely monitored and have their basic freedoms restricted.
Human rights organizations have denounced it The United Nations has warned that they can constitute forms of “forced labor” and “modern slavery”.