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Shortage of material resources at the rural medical units in the State of Nuevo León

Tecnológico de Monterrey

The limited provision of material resources provided to medical units in rural areas can severely impact the service that health professionals stationed in these clinical care offices provide. The recent austerity policies implemented by the government have exacerbated this issue, causing shortages of doctors and nurses, insufficiency in medication availability, reductions of intern support, and even insufficiencies in regard to essential services like electricity and internet connection. One of the main recurring issues is that social service medical interns (SSMI) are sent remotely to work with few supplies, limited training in primary health care, and little to no mentorship or supervision during their service. The case study presented examines the realities and expectations of the SSMI to understand the effect of material resource shortage on clinical care delivery.