Mexico hires medical staff; public and private hospitals join forces to combat coronavirusRecord ID: 1469217
- Title: Mexico hires medical staff; public and private hospitals join forces to combat coronavirus
- Date: 14th April 2020
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (APRIL 13, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MEDICAL STAFF - INCLUDING DOCTORS AND NURSES - QUEUING TO BE HIRED TO WORK IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS TO DEAL WITH PATIENTS DURING PANDEMIC (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOCTOR HOPING TO BE HIRED BY MEXICO'S SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE, IMSS, VALERIA ESQUIVEL, SAYING: ''They (government authorities) realised, due to the type of pandemic, that they would have to hire a lot of medical staff but they have to do it quickly because in the end, these are temporary jobs. So I hope that when the emergency is over, they take this into account to hire more medical personnel, radiologists, lab workers, nurses, everything that is needed because these shortcomings have always existed, not just at this moment.'' VARIOUS OF MEDICAL STAFF QUEUING, HOPING TO BE HIRED TO WORK FOR MEXICO'S SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOCTOR HOPING TO BE HIRED BY MEXICO'S SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE, IMSS, ISRAEL GARNICA, SAYING: ''Yes, we are all a little scared, but we have to do something.'' VARIOUS OF MEDICAL STAFF QUEUING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NURSE HOPING TO BE HIRED BY MEXICO'S SOCIAL SECURITY INSTITUTE, IMSS, MARLEN CRUZ, SAYING: ''I think that once you are given a job at an IMSS hospital, you have more job security, you have a better salary and you have social security in case you become infected.'' MEDICAL STAFF SEEN QUEUING
- Keywords: COVID-19 Hiring medical staff novel coronavirus public and private hospitals
- Reuters ID: LVA001C9BS9XJ
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Duration: 00:01:33
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- Story Text: Hundreds of doctors and nurses who hoped to land a job at Mexico's Social Security Institute (IMSS) queued in Mexico City on Monday (April 13), after an urgent call for help was made by the state healthcare institution to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Also Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an agreement with private hospital owners who will offer some 3,200 beds at 146 hospitals around the country to serve patients from the IMSS and others covered by public health insurance.
Mexico registered 353 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing its total to 5,014 cases and 332 deaths, the health ministry said.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has acknowledged that Mexico likely has far more people infected with the fast-spreading coronavirus, citing government statistical models.
Last week, Lopez-Gatell said the country might have 26,500 cases, with many of those not showing symptoms or not diagnosed.
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