Santiago | To 34 years of age, Izkia Siches has not yet of legal age to be president. And it is good. Because if the number of Chileans predict a political destiny, the energetic doctor, who burst onto the screen since the beginning of the pandemic, do not think, for the moment, only to pull his country out of the health crisis.
In Chile shaken up since October by a deep social crisis, which has undermined the credibility of institutions and politicians of his career, the young president of the College of physicians, with his outspokenness, his omnipresence on the social networks and the media, and his way of tancer the government, quickly became the voice of the most listened in the country.
“I think that those personalities that have emerged, including mine, reflect the appetite in this country for new leaders. But I think we need to, we the Chileans and the Chilean, be realistic: it’s not going to be men and women who will come and solve all our problems”, she says in an interview with the AFP.
In mid-June, when Chile lost control of the pandemic, becoming one of the five countries in the world with the most cases, Izkia Siches is the output of the batch arriving at the head of the public figures in the most popular, with 61 % approval, according to the survey “Plaza Publica Cadem”.
Traditional media and social networks have then recalled that Ms. Siches had, from the month of march, at the beginning of the containment, plotted the route to follow: a strategy combining “testing, traceability and segregation”.
Alongside other physicians, including experts in epidemiology, it is then made available to the authorities but, like many, she has felt that we did not listen to him.
“I don’t know in which country live the government and the authorities!” she launched on 14 may, when ministers, mayors and the head of the State himself celebrated the “landing” supposed to then reached in Chile.
This former activist of the Young communist league has not yet the required age to access the presidency (35 years) of his / her country, but she does not hesitate to reproach the power “not to see and understand what is happening in the “real Chile”.
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Born march 4, 1986 in Arica, in the far-north of the country, and raised in Maipu, a suburb of middle class of Santiago, Izkia Siches is proud to have studied medicine at the University of Chile (public), one of the institutions most respected in the country.
Growing up, she discovers during her family vacation in his hometown, with his parents and his sister, a country with very contrasting. Gaps highlighted by the pandemic. Highlighting the disconnection of politicians from chile with the rest of the country, she regretted that all of them are from a “very elitist society”.
“Before the situation of the health system, there is everything underlined the social crisis, and that became much more obvious, especially because of the mistakes of the government, exposing a country extremely uneven, with a lot of informal work where workers are very vulnerable”, highlights this brown full upright to the raised voice.
In-house doctor at the public hospital San Juan de Dios, located in an area among the most popular of Santiago, she juggles with the meetings of the College of physicians, which she presides since 2017, when she became the first woman to lead this institution that dates back more than 70 years.
This admirer of the prime minister of new zealand Jacinda Ardern has taken advantage of the containment to take the time to cook, it has never been considered a blue cord.
But she, who “love the salsa”, also confessed to have ants in the legs, and would rather find the dance floor of Maestra vida, famous box “salsera” of Santiago.
Regarding the political fate that is attributed to him, it prefers, for the moment, to try to change things to the head of doctors in chile, while advocating for the holding in October a constitutional referendum aimed to alleviate the social crisis.
“Rather than to aspire or not to lead a government (…) there must be (in priority) a true discussion citizen”, she says.