Brazil is one of the countries that fight the coronavirus. Over 208,031 cases and 14,267 deaths have been registered across the country. While the country is dealing with this world pandemic, it has seen the loss of its two health ministers within a month.
Nelson Teich has resigned from the role that he took on in less than a month. It is alleged that there have been disagreements about how the government he served handled the escalating coronavirus crisis.
He criticized a decree by President Jair Bolsonaro that would allow gyms and beauty salons to reopen.
He is the second to leave office after his predecessor was also dismissed after a disagreement with the president. He was dismissed by the president for responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The country first heard of his dismal after tweeting that Mr. Bolsonaro had given him a message.
The main problem was that the health minister asked the public to watch social distance and to stay inside. However, the president was not to the same point as he was describing the COVID-19 as the little flu.
Mr. Bolsonaro is still against the idea of lockdown measures and is still describing the COVID-19 as a small flue. The president says that this infectious virus, which has killed over 306,119 people worldwide, is inevitable and is causing global criticism.
The president claims this while Brazil has now confirmed more coronavirus cases than Italy and Germany, which were once the hotspot of the virus.
And maybe that’s one of the reasons why the ax falls on health ministers.
While there is no official reason why the minister has resigned, it is expected that Mr. Teich will hold a media conference and give a statement.
The minister not only disagreed with the president about the ban. They also disagreed when the president recommended the widespread use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19. There have been disagreements about the use of chloroquine since Mr. Teich took up the job.
A great deal of attention was paid to the drug a few weeks ago as it has been claimed to have some effect when given to COVID-19 patients, a fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected.
Also, Mr. Tech was not on the same point as the President about the plans to open up the economy. He claimed that he had not been consulted before the president gave instructions for the reopening of the gyms, beauty salons, and hairdressers.
Mr. Bolsonaro has not consulted the Department of Health over his decision to reopen services such as gyms and beauty salons.
He is the second health minister to leave office in less than a month. Nelson Teich hasn’t lasted even a month and now Brazil is again without a health minister in a pandemic that people here think is out of control.
Despite the increasing death toll, Jair Bolsonaro is trying to ignore the severity of the crisis.
With such a track record, being Jair Bolsonaro Health Minister is not easy and finding a replacement will not be an easy task.
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