Mexico’s public hospital system, which suffers from severe underfunding, is set to incorporate traditional medicine and Cuban doctors to address the lack of resources. Zoe Robledo, the head of Mexico’s largest public hospital network, announced that the system will hire 753 traditional medicine practitioners who specialize in herbal treatments and massage therapy. In addition, the Social Security Institute will also hire non-licensed healers called “curanderos” who use herbs, smoke, alcohol, and eggs to “draw” sickness from their patients’ bodies. The system will also incorporate midwives and traditional chiropractic medicine practitioners who will not necessarily be licensed professionals but will base their treatment on ancestral knowledge.
Mexico to Utilize Traditional Medicine and Cuban Doctors in Public Hospitals