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Public health officials in Mexican border cities call more security when treating victims of cartel violence

May 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Public health officials in Mexican border cities call more security when treating victims of cartel violence

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Trauma physicians and public health officials in Mexican border cities called for enhanced security measures in the wake of the area’s continuing cartel violence.

Doctors maintain that increased security is vital, particularly when injured cartel members and law enforcement are being treated at the same hospital.

Tamaulipas Secretary of Health Gloria Molina Gamboa told Breitbart Texas that state hospitals need additional security procedures from the Mexican Military and the Tamaulipas State Police when doctors are treating individuals wounded in violent conflicts.

The border cities in Tamaulipas have suffered from a series of constant violent fighting between organized crime members and police forces. The gun battles proceed to leave a steady flow of wounded individuals including innocent bystanders, cartel hitmen, military forces, and police.

Matamoros is located south of Brownsville, Texas, making the area an essential human smuggling and drug smuggling territory for the Gulf Cartel.

When a shootout occurs, medical facilities must care for everyone. The continuing violence can result in situations where gunmen need medical care. Similarly, police officers may also require medical attention, and sometimes both sides need treatment at the same place.

Because of the volatility of the situation, hospital employees are requesting that police officers be positioned outside of clinics.

Doctors are also requesting for stricter access controls for visitors of victims. Family members will have to show their ties to the victim.

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