After the complaint of Medicine interns from Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca (UABJO), who accused that in order to lend their social service they are required to sign a letter exonerating both the school and the Health Services (SSO) for any situation arising from the pandemic of Covid-19 that may happen to them, the university assured that these are extraordinary federal measures.
In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Luis Manuel Sánchez Navarro, director of the UABJO Faculty of Medicine, pointed out that these requirements come from the General Directorate for Higher Education (DGSES), which is the body that issues the guidelines for use of clinical fields (places) at the national level and for all institutions.
Indicates that interns, who are considered “Service providers in social service”, who have chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes or immunological, should be considered as vulnerable personnel due to these risk factors, so they are given the option of starting their social service in February, when there is a new promotion, and of not accepting it , they will do so at their own risk.
“It makes sense what the authorities indicate at the national level, they are considered a risk population, and even if they are not in Covid centers, but in populations or agencies, a 24-year-old man without comorbidities is not the same as a young man who has other added diseases. The same happens with pregnant women, “explains the academic.
Regarding this issue, in which the interns indicated that they are conditioned to a place of social service to not get pregnant, the director of the faculty assured that this information is requested, because before the pandemic they could be exposed to a greater risk.
“If a woman is currently pregnant, she has to manifest it as such. You are not being asked for a pregnancy sample, but it must be said in such a way that, according to the Political Constitution, you enjoy the rights expressed therein and you would have to be given your maternity leave or process a temporary leave so that neither she nor the product would be exposed to a risky situation, in which she may even lose her life, ”he assures.
The Director of the Faculty of Medicine states that this in no way means that they are being denied or conditioning clinical fieldsIt would be unconstitutional and would violate human and university rights.
“The university would not support such a situation, but according to Arturo Paz, head of Education and on whom the interns depend, there is no such situation,” says Sánchez Navarro, who assures that fortunately most of the interns are not in that situation.
In addition, it indicates that the medical examinations that are being requested from the interns are to have a census and to be able to detect risk factors that could endanger their lives during their training period in social service.
Regarding this controversy, the UABJO reported that it had a virtual meeting with the interns to clarify doubts and dismiss what has been misinterpreted; while the deputy Hilda Pérez Luis assured EL UNIVERSAL that she would promote an appeal to the Health Services of Oaxaca and the university, so that the rights of the interns are respected.