Health Minister sacked and arrested over purchase of Ventilator

Bolivia’s health minister, Marcelo Navas was on Wednesday sacked and arrested over corruption charges associated with the acquisition of ventilators to fight coronavirus.
The government spokeswoman, Isabel Fernandez reported that Marcelo Navas was sacked so as to stop interference into the investigation of 170 Spanish ventilators with over-inflated prices.
Navas was immediately replaced by his deputy, Eidy Roca.
He and two people under investigation are arrested, captain Ivan Rojas said, NAN reports.
Rojas disclosed that investigators would search Navas’ office, adding that the ventilators were reportedly vastly overpriced and located to be unsuitable for medical care units.
As of Wednesday, the South American country has recorded about 4,500 COVID-19 cases with about 190 deaths.

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