July 14, 2024

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The Guatemalan government appoints a new Minister of Health

The Guatemalan government appoints a new Minister of Health

The portfolio itself revealed, through a statement, that a master’s degree in management, magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business administration, were sworn in by the country’s president, Bernardo Arevalo, through the General Secretariat.

Before his induction by the current national executive, the official had been serving as deputy head of the financial department since January 2024, the text said.

She added that she has experience as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Chief Financial Officer) in the management of the Sacatepéquez sector, which her performance lasted from June 2012 to January 2024.

She was also Senior Deputy Executive Director (CFO) of the National Hospital of Tequisate, Municipality of Escuintla, where she held the position from March 2010 to March 2012.

As Minister of Public Health and Social Assistance, Aparicio is committed to working transparently at the head of the institution, according to the letter.

He urged health workers to do their jobs for the well-being of the people of Guatemala.

Since last January 14, the date on which the new government took office, Cordon has faced a crisis of hospital shortages as a result of the accumulation of all inherited problems.

More recently, at the beginning of this month, Rep. Byron Rodriguez, of Todos, filed a request to be questioned over the state of the healthcare network, drug supplies, and alleged corruption cases, among other things.

After the interrogations in Congress of Interior Minister Francisco Jiménez and Foreign Minister Carlos Ramiro Martinez, Cordon will be the third scheduled to take place on July 25.

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The former Minister of Health had previously confirmed that during 101 working days, he received 107 summonses from lawmakers, due to complaints about the national hospitals in the West and Coatepeque.

This constitutes the third dismissal within five months of the national administration, following the dismissal early last April of the head of Environment and Natural Resources, Maria José Iturbide, who misused resources under her leadership.

On May 17 this year, the country’s president fired the head of communications, infrastructure and housing, Jazmin de la Vega, for not complying with instructions by allowing payments to construction companies outside agreed control procedures.