Mexico, Feb 23 (EFE) .- Parents of children with cancer asked the Mexican Government on Tuesday to comply with the final sentence of an amparo trial that forces them to end the shortage of medicines that they have reported since 2019.
Family members met at the central Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City to publicize the sentence that was notified to them on February 19, and thus urge the authorities to comply with the sentence that protects nine children from the state of New Lion.
Both the general director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Zoé Robledo, and the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will have the obligation to take responsibility for the vulnerable situation of these children, according to the lawyer Andrea Rocha informed Efe.
In a statement, the relatives announced that “after a long legal battle” since the amparo was promoted on November 22, 2019, “the rule of law prevailed” and “is a great precedent” in Mexico in favor of children with Cancer.
However, there are only nine of the several dozen children that the relatives have registered and that Rocha legally accompanies, Esperanza Paz, mother of Hermes, a child diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma in the left forearm, told Efe.
Although her son is not included in this protection and much more is still needed to ensure that the rights of children with cancer are respected throughout the country, she assured that the protection is good news.
In their case, they also requested an amparo and are awaiting resolution, but the current situation is being very complex due to the pandemic, which causes that in addition to the shortage of oncological drugs there is also a shortage of “supplies” in hospitals.
Although they see a little hope, the frustration for the parents continues because the problem, rather than ceasing, grows and grows.
On February 15, International Day of Childhood Cancer, parents of children with cancer complained about the budget cuts of the current Mexican government, since they estimate that 1,600 children have lost their lives due to lack of cancer treatment due to the reduction in spending of that game.
Parents of children with cancer have repeatedly denounced the shortage of cancer drugs since López Obrador came to power in December 2018.
The president ended the Popular Insurance and, in a country where more than half of the population does not have social security, he wanted to universalize health with the creation of the Institute of Health for Well-being (Insabi), which until now has not given the expected results.
In addition, the president centralized the purchases of medicines in the Ministry of Finance to avoid corruption in the acquisition of medicines by the State.
Each year more than 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide and about 5,000 in Mexico.
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