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Daniel Ortega Replaces Health Minister in Nicaragua amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Fifteen days after the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in Nicaragua, the Daniel Ortega regime named a new Minister of Health, dismissing Carolina Davila Murillo was dismissed as the head of the Ministry of Health and named a presidential advisor.

Dr. Martha Reyes Alvarez, Nicaragua’s new Minister of Health. Photo: Presidency

As of April 1, the new Health Minister is Dr. Martha Reyes Alvarez who previously occupied the position of Director of Health Security.

Davila, who took over the Ministery of Health on July 25, 2019, had been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department. Now, according to the presidential agreement, she will occupy the post of presidential advisor for matters of Managua’s Local System for Integral Health Attention (Silais-Managua).

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Before becoming Minister, Davila had served since 2017 as Assistant Health Minister for matters of these same “Silais”. She’s also the wife of a current Assistant Health Minister Enrique Beteta, also a national leader of the Sandinista Medical Movement.

On March 26, the deposed Minister did not appear for a scheduled interview on television Channel 10 to speak about the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Channel 10 is the only independent media outlet where the health authorities have occasionally offered declarations.

Davila offered no explanation for the cancellation, simply failing to appear at what would have been her first public interview. Instead, she sent a psychiatrist who was unable to explain the strategies that the Health Ministry is implementing to avoid the spread of the virus in the country, and in recent days, he had been the object of debate and mockery on social media, after he gave erroneous statistics about Covid-19.

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