Is there a greater insult to a country’s health care system when the country’s President seeks medical attention outside the country?
That is exactly what happened when Bolivian President Evo Morales sought emergency medical attention in Cuba for a viral infection.
57-year-old Morales had been ill for some time suffering from abdominal pains and strained vocal chords, according to Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera. He had recently cancelled public appearances due to his difficulty speaking. After being treated by local doctors Morales was rushed out of the country to Cuba for emergency treatment where he remains today, ordered to rest for another week.
Bolivian officials are expected to provide routine updates on the president’s health. The left-leaning indigenous president was elected in 2006 and is now in his third term. Morales’ has tried unsuccessfully to amend the country’s constitution to allow for a fourth presidential term.
Last year Morales noted Donald Trump was unsuited to the office of president due to his own health issues, specifically “his mental health problems” and added that Trump was in need of a psychiatrist.
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