Minister of Health has resigned.
OnyxNews Nigeria reports that Ecuador Health Minister, Mauro Falconi, has resigned less than three weeks on the job, the government said on Wednesday, April 7, following in the footsteps of his predecessor.
This online news platform understands that Minister of Health Falconi is the third health minister to resign in 40 days.
According to local media report, major issues on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout in Quito, where senior citizens were made to wait over eight hours in line before being vaccinated.
A report monitored on Newspaper El Comercio, stated that there were also coordination issues with the delivery of jabs, saying that similar issues occurred in Guayaquil.
“Our seniors deserve the utmost respect. What happened today has no justification.
“I have asked for the resignation of the health minister and he will be replaced by Dr Camilo Salinas,” President Lenin Moreno tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, predecessor, surgeon Rodolfo Farfan, was previously appointed to the post on March 1 to replace Juan Carlos Zevallos, who resigned in late February amid allegations of favoritism in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
Farfan resigned on March 19. Salinas is the sixth health minister in the current government and the fifth since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, El Universo reported.
Ecuador, with a population of around 17 million, has so far recorded over 328,000 infections and almost 12,000 COVID-19 related deaths.