Brazilian Health Minister asked for information on chloroquine use
Brasilia, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) A Brazilian judge gave five days to Acting Health Minister, General Eduardo Pazuello, to present information on government guidelines about the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Judge Celso de Mello, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), is the rapporteur of an action by the National Confederation of Health Workers (CNTS).
The confederation asks the Supreme Court on Thursday, in a preliminary (provisional) decision, to order the government to take a series of measures regarding the use of these drugs to fight against the virus.
Among these measures are that federal government authorities do not adopt provisions to fight the pandemic that contradict the scientific, technical and health guidelines by authorities from the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.
The federal government authorities refrain from recommending the use of chloroquine and/or hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19 at any stage of the disease, suspending all contracts for the supply of these medicines.
Finally, the Executive posts the following sentence on the website of the Ministry of Health and in the profile of the Ministry of Communication on a social media: 'The latest scientific evidence shows that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have no effect to treat coronavirus people and can continue to worsen the effects of the disease, increasing death rate.'
Despite the scientific results, President Jair Bolsonaro defends chloroquine at any price to treat coronavirus and enacted a decree so that it can be prescribed to all Covid-19 patients, provided that they sign a document in which they assume that treatment.
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