Luiz Enrique Mandetta, the Brazilian Minister of Health, who is due to resign during the pandemic due to his differences with President Jair Bolsonaro, warned of the health risk of chloroquine administration in patients with COVID-19, stressing the country that is most affected in Latin America Coronavirus is affected, will not peak until July.
In an interview with the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, Mandetta said that due to the severity of COVID-19, it was decided to try chloroquine, a malaria drug, in “seriously ill patients in hospitals”. .
The studies showed that 33 of the patients “monitored with a continuous electrocardiogram had to discontinue chloroquine because it caused arrhythmias that could lead to discontinuation,” he said, emphasizing that this was “a problem” because when the use has been imposed Widespread: “Many people at home with irregular heartbeat can die.”
Mandetta has stated that he believes that chloroquine should be limited to serious hospital cases and that the decision to prescribe it is left to the doctor’s power. “But the president wanted the ministry to pretend it was a prescription so that chloroquine would be released in all health care units, even without confirmation from COVID-19.”