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Shriners Hospital reaches children in remote parts of Yucatán, for free

Telemedicine allows doctors to deliver medical services to underserved areas

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Shriners Hospital in Mexico City. Photo: File

Shriners Hospital in Mexico City is offering free care to children in Yucatán using telemedicine technologies.

Mexico City-based doctors are treating up to 20 minors a day, mostly for orthopedic treatments and burn injuries.

Telemedicine is the distribution of health services and information via electronic and telecommunication technologies.

Shriners is expanding its free telemedicine services to communities throughout Mexico and Latin America.

Earlier: 24 health workers land in Merida to help care for coronavirus patients.

It is especially critical in rural communities, where telemedicine offers the potential to fill some gaps in medical services created by poverty, poor transportation options and staffing shortages.

“The idea is to create a system through which people living in rural communities can access medical services, regardless of their economic situation,” said orthopedics specialist Roberto Coral Casanova.

Appointments can be made via Shriners Children’s Hospital social media accounts or on the Shriners’ website.

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