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Committed to medicine – El Diario de Yucatán

Recognition by pediatrician Mario Lizarraga

Technological advances help doctors corroborate or rule out a diagnosis, but the clinic, that is, the doctor's review and assessment of the patient, is fundamental and basic for accurate assessment, says Dr. Mario Lizarraga González, an award-winning pediatrician. career, dedication and commitment to the profession.

The doctor received the distinction from the Yucatan College of Pediatricians during the group's monthly session held last Friday 18, and as part of the Doctor's Day, celebrated on October 23.

In this event, pediatricians Lourdes Cauich Aragón and Antonio Duarte Améndola were also distinguished, and special recognition was given to Dr. Guillermo Ortega Acosta.

Dr. Lizarraga González, 56 years old as a doctor and 53 in pediatrics, shares how patient care has been transformed over the course of these decades, although there are aspects that have not changed.

Five decades ago, there was no ultrasound, tomography, or MRI; therefore, the diagnosis was rudimentary. Today, these technological advances serve to corroborate or rule out a condition, but it states that "the clinic is and will continue to be the basis of patient care."

Regarding the pediatric diseases that most affect children, he mentions respiratory, digestive, febrile and seizure symptoms. However, conditions that were not discussed decades ago – such as dengue, flu, zika and chikungunya – today are also a frequent cause of pediatric consultation.

It clarifies that it is not that these diseases do not exist, but that they were not diagnosed and treated as respiratory conditions.

Diarrheal diseases such as gastroenteritis and rotavirus were very common, but for a decade to date they have decreased in the case of rotavirus because the vaccine has become mandatory and is in the scheme of all children.

Remember that three or four decades ago, when a child arrived with dehydration due to diarrheal diseases, had to be hospitalized and channeled to receive serum, it was a common practice to follow, but that changed with the emergence of oral serum, which allows you to hydrate patients without receiving intravenous serum.

His advice to new generations of doctors is never to reject a patient, always to serve him, as he is part of the responsibility of his professional ethics. "You need to have the door open for those who need it."

Dr. Lizarraga González was head of the emergency services of the Agustín O & Horán Hospital from 1966 to 1972 and headed the emergency department of the IMSS Benito Juárez Regional Hospital from 1972 to 1980.

For 25 years, from 1970 to 1995, he had a clinic in the neighborhood of Santiago, where he had the hospitalization service, which from 1995 began to provide only the external consultation service.

On this site, he offered his services until 2014, when he transferred his office to the Colón Medical Group, where he still offers pediatric consultations. – Iris Margarita Ceballos Alvarado

The most defenseless beings

Dr. Mario Lizarraga González decided to study pediatrics because, as part of his academic background, he had contact with the attention of babies and realized that they are the most defenseless beings, where timely treatment can be the difference between life and life. the death. In all cases, timely diagnosis is essential, but even more so in minors. Perhaps this is what Dr. Mario Lizarraga does, since he graduated as a doctor, on the premise that he claims to have fulfilled to this day, which is to provide care to patients regardless of the day or time.

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