09/17/2020 The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, during the inauguration of his third Minister of Health, General Eduardo Pazuello.
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MADRID, 17 (EUROPA PRESS)

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said this Wednesday during the inauguration of his third Minister of Health, General Eduardo Pazuello, that schools should not have been closed during the outbreak of the health crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

« We did not have to close the schools, but the restrictive measures were not in the hands of the Presidency of the Republic. By judicial decision, the governors and mayors were exclusively responsible for it. I regret that we are the country with the highest number of days with schools closed. . It is absurd « , has said.

Bolsonaro has expressed himself in these terms during the official investiture as Minister of Health of Eduardo Pazuello, after this Army general remained in office on an interim basis for four months, after replacing the previous person in charge, Nelson Teich, who decided to leave him for disagreements with the Brazilian president over issues, among others, such as the use of chloroquine in patients with COVID-19.

Teich has not been the only one who has headed the Health portfolio during the coronavirus crisis. Before him, Luiz Henrique Mandetta already held the position, starring in famous differences with Bolsonaro in relation to the measures to be adopted during the pandemic.

Although the Brazilian president was reluctant to decree the confinement, Mandetta publicly supported these measures that governors and mayors did carry out, generating angry criticism from Bolsonaro, who accused local authorities of implementing « a remedy worse than the disease. » , which I qualify as « flu. »

Bolsonaro has justified that, « according to some studies around the world », adolescents, and « especially those under 40 years old », once they have contracted the disease, « the possibility of dying is close to zero. »

« This issue could have been treated differently. I understand that some governors were carried away by panic, » said Bolsonaro, who has taken the opportunity to blame the media for generating « catastrophic » messages during the pandemic.

The president of Brazil has not stopped there and has also once again defended the use of chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to treat COVID-19 patients, despite the fact that there are no conclusive studies on it.

Bolsonaro has even directly questioned the president of the National Congress, Davi Alcolumbre, who contracted the disease, asking him if he had taken chloroquine.

« Dear David, since you did not go to Dr. Bolsonaro, you did not take it. But, surely you were worried about the virus, right? » Said the Brazilian president while shaking a box with this medicine, which will be sold in calls popular pharmacies.

PAZUELLO, MILITARY IF MEDICAL EXPERIENCE

The trajectory of General Pazuello, beyond the military sphere, is marked by his participation in large logistical operations, such as the coordination of security for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, or in what is known as ‘Operation Welcome’, in which he They receive Venezuelan immigrants who reach the northern Brazilian border.

With no medical experience, Pazuello appointed a few days after being appointed on an interim basis to another nine military personnel to occupy relevant positions within the Ministry of Health, to the detriment of the technical professionals who until then worked for this portfolio.

« The collapse of the public health system did not happen and it will not happen, » he assured this Wednesday during his inauguration, where he thanked Bolsonaro for the « total freedom » he has given him to carry out new measures against the COVID-19.

In parallel to this act, the Ministry of Health has confirmed this Wednesday a total of 134,106 deaths due to COVID-19, after the last 987 verified this Wednesday, while the number of accumulated cases has risen to 4,419,083, after adding 36,820 more infections. The people recovered from the disease in Brazil are 3,720,312.