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OPINION: Health status of Indigenous  people overlooked


Health care at a premium

Posted 28/11/2019

The recent news about the health status of the population of the indigenous regions is alarming. Among children and young people who die of hunger, hundreds and thousands of other citizens with diseases are added - including HIV / AIDS - that require constant medical attention, but there is none.

 Panamanian doctors, especially specialists, do not offer their services to these populations, which, however, urgently require them. This is a common problem that many countries have solved by opening the professional practice of medicine to migrants from other nations. Perhaps this is the fastest and most humane solution to solve two tragedies: that of the health of the original peoples and that of the lost talent of foreign doctors who cannot provide their services in Panama.

 This could be managed with the support of international organizations that accompany these efforts. The Panamanian State would offer legal residence in exchange for work dedicated to the regions and other deprived populations. It is time to act. – LA PRENSA, Nov. 29.



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