Several governors in Mexico are calling out the federal government over lacking protective equipment and medical supplies for public hospitals as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic climbs to more than 5,000 confirmed cases and 332 fatalities.
Baja California Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez lashed out at the government-run health system (IMSS), claiming that the lack of action is leading to several doctors being exposed and “were dropping like flies.” The state has nine IMSS clinics where officials and claim one in Tijuana has the greatest need.
“We have been telling [IMSS] to apply yourselves, the Seguro Social in Baja California did not apply themselves and now we have the problem, and it is affecting everything else,” Bonilla Valdez said in a streamed news conference where he called out the federal IMSS delegate assigned to his state. “I don’t even know the delegate. Has anyone seen the delegate?”
— La Silla Rota (@lasillarota) April 13, 2020
Puebla Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa also criticized Mexico City, claiming they had not received needed protective equipment. In a streamed statement, Barbosa took a jab at the federal government’s recent announcement of airplanes full of protective equipment from China. The governor claimed his staff only received one box with 2,000 face masks and some gloves from federal officials. Barbosa is from the same political party as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
“There is an urban legend about some airplanes with equipment that were coming,” Barbosa said. “We didn’t get anything–I don’t know what happened– but nothing arrived to Puebla.”
Han llegado sólo dos cajitas: Miguel Barbosa, gobernador de Puebla del partido #MORENA. Todo parece indicar que es una leyenda urbana, ya que nada de los insumos que compraron en China, ha llegado a #Puebla ni al #IMSS pic.twitter.com/AArmz7nynC
— LaChispaMx (@LaChispaMX) April 13, 2020
The criticism comes at a time when Mexico’s Health Secretariat revealed the number of confirmed cases rose to 5,014. On Sunday night, officials placed the number at 4,661. Officials have only carried out a total of 37,395 tests since the pandemic started.
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