Former Minister of Health accountable to the Ecuadorian Parliament – Prensa Latina

This decision is based on the report of the Political Control and Monitoring Committee, headed by parliamentarian Elio Peña, who recommended the Legislative Council to continue the questioning.

According to the decision, the hearing will take place upon receipt of all prosecution and release evidence submitted within the affirmative action and after clear verification of the arguments presented.

Advocates of the accountability were legislators Babel Muñoz and Angel Senmalisa, who blamed the former official, among other aspects, for misconducting the health crisis in the midst of the battle against Covid-19.

In his view, the problems of managing this situation have resulted in the deaths of more than 45,000 citizens in the context of the epidemic, a figure that represents 64.9 per cent of excess deaths, which is much higher than the average for other countries in Latin America.

Zevalos was also questioned for insufficient management of the vaccination plan against the disease, which began last January, and in this process there were complaints of irregularities, the exclusion of people from the priority sectors and the inclusion of others in stages that did not correspond with them.

It also weighs against him for non-compliance with functions in the practice of the public health portfolio, due to procedures and omissions related to the fraudulent delivery of more than three thousand disability cards, in the midst of a health emergency.

Likewise, the failure to comply with the provisions of Article 25 of the Basic Law on Humanitarian Support to Combat the Health Crisis caused by the Coronavirus, according to which appointments to health professionals and first-tier workers, should be granted, until December 2020, the mandate has not been fully fulfilled.

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On Wednesday, members of the association who have requested impeachment will conduct an interrogation for a period of two hours, based on the evidence required and that was conducted during the relevant proof period, after which Zephalus will have three hours to defend him.

Each party may respond for a maximum period of one hour, after which there will be a discussion in a plenary session, after which there will be time for a motion of censure and dismissal, or, if not, the submission of the request.

In order to guarantee the right to defense, the CAL will authorize the participation of the questioned official by means of telecommunications, provided that this justifies the impossibility of attending in person.

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