Cuban doctor shot dead in Mexico hospital

Mexico City — A Cuban doctor was shot dead at a hospital in a rough area on the outskirts of Mexico Prosecutors in the city, Mexico state, confirmed late Monday.

The doctor, whose name was not provided, was killed on Friday along with a nurse and another woman at a suburban hospital in Ecatepec.

The assassination comes after criticism of President Andres Manuel L√≥pez Obrador’s plan to hire Cuban doctors to work in areas where Mexican doctors are not available, or to work in areas where they do not want to work because they are too are dangerous or remote.

The Cuban doctor killed in Acatepec had apparently arrived in Mexico some time ago and was not part of the current recruiting program. His death, however, raised the question of whether certain areas of Mexico were too dangerous for Cuban doctors.

A woman, who identified herself as the victim’s sister, wrote on her Facebook account that the dead man was Ernesto Oliva Legra.

Prosecutors in Mexico state bordering Mexico City said two armed men entered the hospital early Friday morning and asked a female patient to be called to the reception desk.

Unable to locate her, the gunmen also forced the receptionist to open the door to the second floor medical area, where they opened fire, killing the nurse and another woman and injuring the doctor.

The doctor later died after being injured in another hospital. Local media said the other victim was a woman who had gone to a relative who was undergoing treatment.

Mexican gangs have been known to enter hospitals at gunpoint to eliminate wounded rivals, and Mexico has also seen a wave of violence against medical personnel.

In July, medical school graduates and residents demonstrated nationwide to protest the shooting death of 24-year-old Eric David Andrade on July 15 in the northern state of Durango, as he was treating a patient.

He was just days away from completing the mandatory period of barely paid “social service” required of Mexican med school graduates before starting an internship or residency.

On July 11, an anesthesiologist for a rural government hospital was shot and killed at his home in the neighboring state of Chihuahua.

In July 2021, a doctor was killed on a highway near Jerez, Zacatecas, after she failed to stop at a drug gang checkpoint. That same month two paramedics were killed while transporting a patient in the violence-stricken northern state.

Critics have also filed an injunction against the plan to hire about 500 specialty doctors from Cuba, dozens of whom have already arrived and are working in the western state of Nayarit.

The injunction claimed that the government did not prove that doctors had the necessary capacity or training to practice in Mexico, and argued that most doctors’ salaries could go to the Cuban government, not the medical professionals themselves.

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