COVID-19 Crisis - Brazil Health Secretary Resigns, Health Minister 'likely To Be Fired'

COVID-19 Crisis - Brazil Health Secretary Resigns, Health Minister 'likely To Be Fired'
  • Health Secretary Wanderson de Oliveira has resigned.
  • Health Minister Henrique Mandetta is likely to be fired by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over differences
  • Brazil as of April 16,  has reported at least 28,912 coronavirus cases with 1,760 fatalities. 

 

 (( RIO )) - The announcement was made by Brazil’s health department on April 15, after the country’s Health Minister Henrique Mandetta reportedly said that he is likely to be fired by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro this week due to the difference of opinion over country’s response to COVID-19 disease.

According to international media reports, in a news conference, Mandetta spoke about his row with Bolsonaro and informed that he will be stepping down from office pending his replacement.

 The political downfall in Brazil came when global infections reached over two million and there’s not a single proven vaccine to the disease. 

What instigated the Crises in Brazil

Bolsonaro has treated the pandemic somewhat casually and refused to listen to his governors or Mandetta who suggested for lockdowns and strict measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.

During the televised briefing, the Brazilian Health Minister said that Bolsonaro has “made clear that he would like a different position from Health ministry”. Mandetta also added that he is “offering a way forward based on science”. 

Mandetta had initially refused Oliveira’s resignation due to his role in fighting the pandemic in Brazil. The news of Mandetta’s termination from office originated from a note sent by Oliveira to his team. This was confirmed by Reuters reporters.