Jesús Kumate Rodríguez

Jesús Kumate Rodríguez
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Secretary of Health
In office
1 December 1988 – 30 November 1994
PresidentCarlos Salinas de Gortari
Preceded byGuillermo Soberón Acevedo
Succeeded byJuan Ramón de la Fuente
Personal details
Born(1924-11-12)12 November 1924
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died7 May 2018(2018-05-07) (aged 93)
Mexico City, Mexico
Spouse(s)Bertha Guerra Rovelo
Alma materEscuela Médico Militar
Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Jesús Kumate Rodríguez (13 November 1924 – 7 May 2018) was a Mexican physician and politician. He served as the Secretary of Health during the Presidency of Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

Early life and education[]

Kumate Rodríguez was born in Mazatlán in 1924 to a Japanese emigrant father and a Sinaloense mother who worked as a rural teacher.[1] He graduated as a surgeon in 1946 from the Escuela Médico Militar and became a Doctor of Science at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in 1963.[2]


During his tenure as Secretary of Health, Kumate Rodríguez oversaw the implementation of universal vaccination,[3] the eradication of poliomyelitis,[3] the combat against a cholera outbreak,[3] the updating of epidemiological surveillance and the drastic decrease of infant mortality.[3]



  1. ^ "Jesús Kumate Rodríguez" (PDF). UNAM. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "¿Quién fue Jesús Kumate Rodríguez?". Noticieros Televisa (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "El Doctor Jesús Kumate, legado y guía para futuras generaciones: José Antonio González Anaya". Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Raúl Contreras Bustamante-Jesús Kumate: mexicano excepcional". Excélsior. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

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