Brazil falls apart with the resignation of two health ministers within one month


After less than a month as Health Minister, Nelson Teich resigns from this position after the decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro consenting for gyms and beauty parlors to operate again during this fatal global pandemic.

Contrary to others, Brazil’s President shares a different point of view. He says that this prevailing global pandemic is unavoidable and the reactions of this “little flu”, as he calls it, cannot be prevented.

He apparently seems to oppose the confinement measures. His wordings have compelled global criticism to occur.

Consequently, the number of Covid-19 cases in Brazil is accelerating compared to that of France and Germany where measures to eliminate the disease are being scrutinized.

As such, it has become one of the planet’s hotspots with more than 218,000 cases and records 15,305 in the last 24 hours. Lately, 824 new deaths have been recorded. 

Nelson Teich did not provide any concrete reason for this drastic step. All he said was “Life is full of decisions and I decided to leave”.

It is greatly doubted that it is the President’s decision which has caused him to quit from his position because his predecessor, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, was sacked for this reason itself.  Also, there have been several clashes so far between the President and Nelson Teich in regard to how to deal with this epidemic.

For instance, he did not agree with the President’s wish to use chloroquine as a treatment since the World Health Organization already revealed that there is no definite evidence whether this chloroquine is effective to fight against coronavirus.

To lose two ministers within one month in Brazil is very intriguing for its government, especially after it has become a coronavirus hotspot. Where everybody should join hands to wipe the disease off, the government seems to be falling apart with the daily rise in virus deaths.