Opinion: “Not Even the Worst Health Minister Has Done What the Army Is Doing to SUS”

Adriano Massuda, former Secretary of Health for Curitiba and professor at the FGV (Getúlio Vargas Foundation), says the Ministry has never seen so much intervention as now, with its key positions held by the military.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Adriano Massuda, 41, spares no harsh terms to describe the failures of the Bolsonaro government and part of the state administrations in tackling the greatest health crisis of the century. "A national response of the magnitude demanded by this pandemic has not been organized. And there is no excuse! We had time to prepare," laments the Ministry of Health's former Secretary of Science, Technology and Strategic Supplies and health management expert, recalling that the novel coronavirus emerged in Asia and took almost three months to reach Brazil.

"We are not in a worse situation precisely . . .

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