Brazil’s health minister resigns on Friday after President Jair Bolsonaro demanded wider use of anti-maleria drugs to fight COVID-19 outbreak , adding to turmoil in South Americas epicenter of the pandemic.
Health experts reacted with outrage as Brazilians banged their pots and pans at the resignation of Nelson Teich, the second health minister to leave as the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country has exploded. Brazil’s confirmed cases has climbed during the week to stand as the second highest number of cases in the world after the USA.
President Bolsonaro had demanded Teich to issue federal guidelines for the early use of Hydroxychloroquine to treat Coronavirus patients , despite studies that caste doubt on the effectiveness of malaria drugs on COVID-19 and rising concerns it may cause heart problems.
Brazil presently has over 220,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 14,960 deaths.