Jair Bolsonaro’s former health minister once accused the Brazilian president of failing to provide “a word of comfort” to the families of 100,000 Brazilians who died as a result of Covid-19.
In an interview that marked Brazil’s latest Covid-19 milestone, Luiz Henrique Mandetta was fired in April after challenging the president’s internationally condemned coronavirus response. He spoke to Brazil’s leadership People are shocked not to realize so much pain.
Mandetta told the newspaper O Globo: “There are still 100,000 Brazilian families who have yet to receive a word of comfort or solidarity from the government.”
Brazil’s official coronavirus death toll is expected to reach 100,000 on Saturday, and after another 1,079 deaths, the total on Friday rose to 99,572.
But on the eve of this milestone, Bolsonaro urged the country’s 210 million citizens to put the unfinished tragedy behind them.
The far-right populist said in a weekly live broadcast: “We regret all deaths.” “But let us continue to live, continue our lives, and try to find a solution to this problem.”
Without providing evidence, Bolsonaro hinted that the governor would deliberately exaggerate their Covid-19 death toll to “intimidate the public.”
Speaking on O Globo’s daily podcast Ao Ponto, Mandela criticized the Bolsonaro government’s “misleading” response and decided to hand over the control of the Ministry of Health to military officers who did not understand health after being removed.
Less than a month after Mandetta was sacked, Bolsonaro lost his second Secretary of Health, Nelson Teich, and then appointed active military personnel as interim chief.
“You can’t fight with doctors. Mandetta said you can’t do medical care with soldiers. He said the ministry needs to “immediately” reappoint health experts.
Mandetta is a doctor and a professional politician. He also accused Bolsonaro of using hydroxychloroquine (although it turned out to be invalid). The president advocated the use of hydroxychloroquine as part of Covid-19. Kind of therapy to disperse its poor response.
“Chloroquine has entered the debate as a political tool aimed at preventing the President of the Republic from making a decision to dismantle the Ministry of Health… not being discussed. His responsibility [for the crisis] Mandetta hinted that he will challenge Bolsonaro in the 2022 general election.
Mandetta said he believes Bolsonaro decided to downplay Covid-19 and blame China, where the pandemic began, because Brazil’s plight can be traced back to early March with Donald Trump Meeting.
The 55-year-old politician said: “There is no doubt that the Trump administration directly affected the Bolsonaro administration, adding: “They both have a significant political vision for the health crisis. “
“The difference is that when the President of the United States has mastered the scale of the tragedy, it will be attributed to him [and] Seeing that American society will not forgive him for his denial of disease, his stand against isolation and alienation and the death that followed, [he changed tack]. “
In contrast, Bolsonaro is “radical”, denying his responsibility for the pandemic and for fighting it.
“So what?” Brazil’s president said that shortly after Mendetta was removed from office, the death toll rose in April. “I’m sorry. What do you want me to do?”
“My name is Messiah-but I cannot do miracles,” Bolsonaro added when referring to his second name, Messiah.
Mandetta said that Brazil’s world-renowned National Health Service (SUS) has partially alleviated the pain by largely responding to the wave of Covid-19 patients.
He said that without its efforts, “we will now be in everyone’s situation… in a barbaric state.”
Bolsonaro claimed on Thursday that his government had done “possible and impossible” to save lives. “Our conscience is clear.”