On Friday, January 1, the Mexican Institute of Social Security gave a response to the accusations of influentialism that a doctor of the institution made public the day before. The answer was presented in a video by Rocío Cárdenas Navarrete, director of the Pediatric Hospital of the IMSS Siglo XXI National Medical Center, where the doctor worked.
In the video, The directive alleges that the whistleblower specialist had stopped working on COVID equipment since October. “However, she was already scheduled to receive the vaccine in the first days of January 2021,” he said.
The doctor who made the accusation explained that on December 31, she was assigned again to the respiratory area. “There are already vaccinated personnel that could be considered to enter to do these tasks. And when I asked to consider someone who has already been vaccinated, I was threatened that they would accuse me of abandoning my job, “he said.
The clarification of the directive, then, He does not refute what the doctor who worked on the front line said, he only complements it with the date he left the COVID area before he was ordered to return.
Dr. Cárdenas Navarrete echoed the statements made by President López Obrador and the general director of the IMSS, Zoé Robledo, when she stated that “the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 is being applied in the first stage to all workers participating in COVID 19 hospitals and those who are on the front line of battle are being prioritized ”.
Therefore, he declared, the health authorities in charge of the vaccination schedule and the directors of the hospitals they should “guarantee that no one skips the line, that there is no arbitrariness, that there is no influentialism.”
The board said that so far there are no complaints about any worker who is not in “the battle line”, that is, in direct contact with patients, and who has received the vaccine.
He did not clarify whether this statement concerns only the pediatric hospital that he directs, because in other institutions there are reports of abuse of authority to modify the vaccination schedule (like Dr. José Rogel, director of the ‘Lic. Adolfo López Mateos’ Medical Center, who came forward to vaccinate his family).
Another of his statements confirmed an accusation of Dr. Ana Paola de Cosío Farías. The complaining doctor said that the hospital She owed several “COVID bonus” payments, both to herself and to other colleagues. This compensation is intended for frontline workers.
The board said that “those payments that are missing will be managed in a timely manner to the medical staff regarding the COVID bonus ”.
On the last day of 2020, the doctor De Cosío Farías, pediatrician and endocrinologist at the Hospital de Pediatría, He resigned his position after denouncing that there is “gandalism” and “inequity” by the health authorities in the application of the vaccine against COVID-19.
Through a video broadcast on social networks, the doctor accused that there are medical personnel who do not appear on the vaccination lists and administrative staff who are receiving the vaccine on the grounds that they are in charge of COVID-19 teams, but “they never get in and are never exposed.”
Through a tweet, Zoé Robledo assured that the antigen will reach everyone in the country, but that “NOBODY other than health personnel attending COVID19 in the first line should be vaccinated in the first stage,” while publishing two pages that highlighted the important role that the Institute of Health and medical personnel have had in combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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