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Coronavirus: Health workers face violent attacks in Mexico

Coronavirus: Health workers

Mexican medical attendant Ligia Kantun says that in 40 years of work, she has never seen such a harmful response to wellbeing laborers. While in numerous nations specialists and attendants are being applauded for their work on the coronavirus cutting edge, in Mexico handfuls have been assaulted.

Alondra Torres

Ligia, 59, says that she has worked during the pig influenza pandemic in 2009 and a flare-up of cholera in 2013, however a few people are “carrying on insanely in light of this infection. It is awful”.

She was assaulted on 8 April subsequent to going home in her old neighborhood of Merida, Yucatan. Somebody drove past her and tossed hot espresso down her back. “Contaminated!” they shouted through the vehicle window before dashing ceaselessly.

Alondra Torres

She says that fortunately she was not seriously harmed yet remembers it could have been more terrible.

Starting at 28 April, there have been in any event 47 assaults against wellbeing laborers, especially nurture, in the nation, the Mexican government says. What’s more, the specialists perceive the genuine figure might be higher – writes about web based life of separation go from attendants halted from jumping on transports to specialists attacked by family members of Covid-19 patients.


“It made me miserable… to perceive how individuals are assaulting us,” says Ligia. “That hurt me more – the mental harm.”

A portion of the assaults seem to have been spurred by a misinformed endeavor to purify wellbeing laborers.

Alondra Torres, an ear, nose and throat authority, had weakened fade tossed over her on 13 April while strolling her canines in the city of Guadalajara. She doesn’t see Covid-19 patients in her center, yet is persuaded her uniform made her an objective.

Melody Rodríguez

Alondra, who endured conjunctivitis and contact dermatitis on her neck and shoulder subsequently, says she was “disillusioned” that a few people appear to accept she should be washed in dye.

“My eye was consuming a great deal, I was unable to see well.”

Specialists and attendants have not been the main bleeding edge targets.

Daniel (not his genuine name) was getting off a transport a couple of squares from the Guadalajara medical clinic where he fills in as a cleaner when he was ruthlessly assaulted by a gathering of different travelers.

Melody confronted

“At the point when I jumped on the transport I saw that three individuals got forceful. They continued rehashing “grimy”, which they at that point rehashed while they were beating me,” he says. “I felt it was never going to end.”

He endured wounds to his head and face. Police speculate the attack was activated by his clinic cleaner’s uniform.

Attendant Melody Rodríguez, 25, has even felt constrained to move house for now.

She was getting back home to her town of Lo de Marcos, in Nayarit state, on 8 April, when she encountered a gathering of inhabitants hindering her way.

“They said on the off chance that I entered the town I wouldn’t be permitted to leave once more. What’s more, they said that it would be better on the off chance that I didn’t enter at all since I originated from a wellspring of disease,” she says.

National Guard soldier

A partner shot the episode and shared it via web-based networking media. The city specialists mediated to guarantee Melody could return home, however she selected to simply gather a few things and lease a room in another town.

She was too scared to even think about going home.

“The way that I needed to get out and the manner in which I needed to get out, I despite everything feel dreadful in light of the fact that they truly caused me to feel like I was plague-ridden.”

“This is separation, and it is extremely wretched. We give our help to all laborers in the wellbeing area, everybody. They are our legends, our courageous women,” said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador half a month prior.

The legislature has in this way conveyed individuals from the National Guard in emergency clinics and a few states have offered clinical laborers private vehicle and even lodgings so they can stay away from long drives home.

Alondra Torres

The World Health Organization says up to 38% of wellbeing laborers experience physical savagery sooner or later in their vocations, yet the coronavirus pandemic appears to have exacerbated this danger in Mexico.

Specialists think the assaults mirror general society’s tangled sentiments about what the clinical laborers speak to in a nation which had recorded 40,186 cases and 4,220 passings of Covid-19 starting at 13 May.

“They (the wellbeing laborers) emblematically speak to the sickness itself and the fix,” says María del Carmen Montenegro, from the Faculty of Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

What’s more, she says that not at all like other horrible accidents, the infection is difficult to flee from, “and that produces more dread”.

Alondra, the specialist drenched with fade, concurs that the assaults are persuaded by “a blend of obliviousness and dread”.

“Consider the possibility that [the assault involved] corrosive next time?” she says.

Be that as it may, she is resolved to continue working, coming back to her facility only a couple of days after the assault.

“This won’t make me question about my work, my calling or my fantasies about proceeding to help individuals”.

  • Ligia is additionally unyielding she will keep on working.
  • “My nation and my kin need me and I will give all that I have.”

Mexico’s wellbeing laborers state they are not anticipating adulation, simply regard.


“We needn’t bother with you to laud us, simply let us carry out our responsibility… That’s the reason we are there for you,” says Melody.