By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
From what I here from friends in Mexico, doctors in that country are working in overcrowded hospitals and are being forced to wear the same medical masks for several days.
And despite Mexican government figures that seem almost inconceivable regarding the number of covid-19 cases and deaths from the disease, countless national and international nonofficial sources are claiming that the figures could be as much as 25 times higher than the Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) administration admits.
One old business associate in Mexico told me that lots of people are dying, and no one trusts the official coronavirus figures.
Then I read about López Obrador going after doctors.
This was published in Pulse News Mexico May 11:
“AMLO’s nonstop, venomous spiel against any person or organization that dares to question his Venezuelan-inspired Fourth Transformation (T4) socialist model has become the norm nationwide, sowing hatred and division across the country and spurring violence against journalists, NGOs, human rights organizations and anyone else who dares to question the Holy Doctrine of Saint AMLO.
“But on Friday, May 8, AMLO’s vicious verbal assaults went beyond the pale and even offended some members of his fanatical army of blind proselytes: He attacked the nation’s physicians, saying that, until he came to power, health workers in Mexico ‘only sought to enrich themselves’.”
Incredible, to say the least.
Not surprisingly, most Mexican doctors and nurses were shocked to hear that they’ve been enriching themselves over the years.
According to a friend, a retired physician and who now lives in Texas, the salaries in Mexico City for a government physician range from 8,000 pesos a month for an entry-level job to 25,000 pesos a month for experienced specialists.
According to Bloomberg, the peso today is about 24 pesos to the dollar, although the exchange rate varies from day to day.
So do the math, and an experienced specialist working fulltime (48 hours a week in 12-hour shifts) at a public hospital is making about $12,500 a year, hardly a fortune.
Most public hospital physicians in Mexico have a private practice to supplement their government incomes, which means that they are overworked just trying to make ends meet.
Here in the United States, we love and praise our doctors and health care workers, and appreciate the heroic work they are doing in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. President Donald Trump calls them “warriors,” and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence can’t stop talking about their sacrifices.
But down in Mexico, the president seems to have found a new punching bag to blame for the collapsing economy.
He is attacking doctors at a time when Mexican hospitals don’t have enough ventilators or personal protective equipment for medical professionals.
As I said, incredible, to say the least.
Silvio Canto, Jr. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…May 19, 2020