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Mauro Falconi on Thursday became the 4th Minister that would leave the position as the head of the Health Ministry in Ecuador in just 40 days.
Falconi resigned less than three weeks on the job following in the footsteps of his predecessor.
Falconi is the third health minister to resign in some 40 days.
Reports from the Local media reported 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 inoculated.
Newspaper El Comercio reported 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.
Secretary-General of the Cabinet Jorge Wated Reshuan called the events in Quito “unacceptable” in a tweet.
His 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.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK