Jesús Kumate Rodríguez
|Secretary of Health|
1 December 1988 – 30 November 1994
|President||Carlos Salinas de Gortari|
|Preceded by||Guillermo Soberón Acevedo|
|Succeeded by||Juan Ramón de la Fuente|
|Born||12 November 1924|
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
|Died||7 May 2018 (aged 93)|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Spouse(s)||Bertha Guerra Rovelo|
|Alma mater||Escuela Médico Militar |
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Kumate Rodríguez was born in Mazatlán in 1924 to a Japanese emigrant father and a Sinaloense mother who worked as a rural teacher. 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.
During his tenure as Secretary of Health, Kumate Rodríguez oversaw the implementation of universal vaccination, the eradication of poliomyelitis, the combat against a cholera outbreak, the updating of epidemiological surveillance and the drastic decrease of infant mortality.