On 6 October, relatives of Susana Hernández Gómez together with activists carried out a protest in front of the Women’s Hospital with banners and candles. One year ago, Susana (26 years of age) was admitted to this hospital in San Cristóbal de las Casas, where she died during labor due to medical negligence. Subsequently, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) investigated the case and released a recommendation to state authorities in the matter.
During the protest action, Regina Tamés, director of the Group of Information for Elected Reproduction (GIRE), declared that no significant advances had been made in the attention offered to indigenous women in public hospitals of the state. She reported that, according to the Observatory on Maternal Mortality, in Chiapas 60.6 mothers died for each 100,000 births, with the national average being 42.3. In accordance with the statistics of this same Observatory, if the first 31 weeks of 2014 are compared with the same 31 weeks of 2013, the number of maternal deaths in Chiapas can be seen to have increased 31%.
Worryingly, this same day, local and national media reported not on the protest action but rather on the press-release issued by the state government which announced that the Chiapas state health ministry plans to invest more than 18 million pesos to improve infrastructure and technology in the Women’s Hospital of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, this as a means of observing recommendation 29/2014 made by the CNDH, which in fact followed from the maternal death of Suzana Hernández.
For more information (in Spanish):
A la muerte de Susana por negligencia médica, una salida de 18 millones de pesos (Chiapas Paralelo, 7 de octubre de 2014)
Invierte Chiapas más de 18 mdp en mejoras hospitalarias (El Universal , 6 de octubre de 2014)
Página Chipasónate “Justicia para Suzana” (GIRE):http://chiapasionate.gire.org.mx/