After making public their precarious employment situation, therapists from the Traditional Medicine Module of Ayotoxco de Guerrero were received yesterday by the Secretary of Health, José Antonio Martínez García, who promised to investigate the conditions in which they work and improve them, confirmed Leticia Reyes Juárez, member of the Network of Organizations for the Human Rights of Peasant and Indigenous Women of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.
The meeting, which lasted about an hour, took place in the El Portalillo building, in the city of Puebla. There, those affected and the activist explained to the official their disagreement with the way in which Alicia Barrales, state coordinator of the Traditional Medicine Program, has conducted herself towards those who work in the aforementioned module.
“Really in-depth research because it is very necessary, because what the coordinators say is one thing, but what the therapists tell us is another… They are starting to do research, we are going to be very vigilant and hopefully the results are positive” , commented the defender in an interview.
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Likewise, they requested that the payment be increased for each care they provide, since it is only 50 pesos, in addition to the fact that there are those who are assigned only one day of the week, which reduces their income and affects their quality of life.
For example, Justina Esteban Morales, who has 50 years of experience as a huesera, received her last quarterly remuneration for only 1,500 pesos, an amount that she declared is insufficient to cover all her needs.
With an advanced age and health problems, he added that he receives help from his daughter, who works in a maquiladora. But even so, she lives a difficult situation since after she underwent gallbladder surgery, she did not do well and repeatedly has to travel to the capital of Puebla and to Mexico City to have studies carried out.
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“That they give us a raise because 50 pesos is no longer enough, sometimes we no longer have much patient, little, and since you see that little resources come to us, they just gave me one day of work, nice when I had three days of the week… who knows if they will increase, we still don’t know if yes or no”.
For her part, Lourdes González Nochebuena, who has also been a bonesetter for seven years, considered that in addition to the increase in payment, the delivery of pantries to therapists should be resumed and the days in which they see patients should be increased.
She attends three times a week, but sometimes she has only had to attend one; the maximum payment she has received in a quarter has been 3,500 pesos.
Leticia Reyes commented that they will fight for therapists to be held in the communities of Ayotoxco, in order to bring them closer to patients and increase their income.
On the other hand, regarding the case of sexual harassment that occurred in the aforementioned Traditional Medicine Module, where a worker (who has now stopped working since last January at the Ayotoxco hospital) tried to forcefully kiss two therapists, he stated that the aggrieved They chose to close that case.
He explained that despite the fact that they were the victims, they felt guilty that their coordinator, Verónica Vázquez Escobar, for defending them, was about to be removed; yesterday, the secretary confirmed that she will remain in office.
The member of the Network of Organizations for the Human Rights of Peasant and Indigenous Women of the Sierra Norte de Puebla regretted that there was no sanction against the harasser, but at the same time stressed that it should be appreciated that the aggrieved women have raised their voices because it is very difficult for both them and any other person who works in public health institutions to do so.
“These issues are lived everywhere. Many times I have heard people say: I am going to lose my job, they are not going to pay attention to me, and indeed, they do not pay attention to them. What better proof, why are we here today? because the cases are not attended to and, nevertheless, whoever dares to attend to them receives as many injustices as the one received by the coordinator (Verónica Vázquez)”.
Finally, he reported that a commitment by José Antonio Martínez was that he would visit the Traditional Medicine Module in Ayotoxco, to learn first-hand about the needs.
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