Quito, March 31 (EFE) .- Ecuador’s Minister of Health, Mauro Falconí, was dispatched against his senior officials for not having a database of vaccine stocks in the country, according to an audio that was posted in social networks.
“What happened? Why the hell don’t we have data? I myself toured all the hospitals in the country. I made the command posts myself. What happened to them? Where is the information? Where is the vaccination count?” , the minister repeatedly asks, indignant, in a recording whose origin has not been specified.
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But because of the content, it is a virtual conversation with senior officials of his Ministry, since Falconí is in quarantine for having been infected with covid-19, as he himself explains in the audio.
“It turns out that I do not have unified command posts, it turns out that I do not have information, and it turns out that I do not have a count of vaccines,” he insists, urging officials to leave “the comfort of the bed” and look for the information.
“What did you expect? For the minister to go down to the territory? Well, I’m going to break the quarantine and today I’m going down to all areas of the country, and if I have to grab each one of you by the ear, then I’m going to go .. but enough is enough! “, he concludes in a speech of 8 minutes and 32 seconds.
“Get up right now! Let your work teams get up right now from the comfort of their beds and get to work what they didn’t do during all this time. The minister has a fever, he’s with covid, but I’m still here and I’m not sleeping . I can not sleep I am desperate .. And you? “.
Falconí came to office on March 19 after the resignation at the end of February of Juan Carlos Zevallos, and his successor Rodolfo Farfán, without actually serving three weeks in office.
Both resigned amid the controversy over the delay in the vaccination plan in Ecuador and the irregularities registered in the administration of doses to all kinds of privileged people.
In one of his first appearances, from a hospital in Guayaquil, Falconí complained that there was no vaccination plan when he took office, and that it was the first thing he had to do in his first 72 hours.
He also asked all the Ministry’s zonal coordinators and hospital directors to make the positions available to him to assess who was staying and who was not.
“We are so stupid in the Ministry of Public Health that we cannot make a sad database!”, The minister complains over and over again, insisting in the conversation that: “I want to know how many doses of vaccines are in this country to be able to do a vaccination plan! “.
So far, Ecuador has vaccinated about 182,329 people with the first dose, and 65,537 with the second, in a plan that is plagued with controversy and that drags severe criticism of the Executive day after day.
“I want them to wake up. And if they have to give a reputation to all and throw out half the Ministry … Throw it away! But I want data!” He said, complaining that he was the one who had to show his face.
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