Costa Rica

Health Minister resigns


Minister of Health, Dr. María Elena López, has resigned her portfolio for personal reasons according to a press release on the Presidential website. The interim Minister will be Vice Minister Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro.

The formal press release as published on the Presidential website is as follows:

The Minister of Health, Dr. María Elena López today presented her resignation to the President of the Republic, Luis G Solis.

“I hereby inform you of the decision to waive the Portfolio of Public Health from February 16, 2015, for family and personal reasons I cannot ignore.”

The president thanked the Minister with special affection and appreciation for the “full, committed and professional work that Dr. López Núñez has given Costa Rica during these months. Her work has been exemplary and worthy for a Ministry and has dedicated her knowledge arduously to improve public health conditions in the country, “said the President.

Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro, who has served as Vice Minister of Health, will assume the portfolio on an interim basis; until the President designates a new person for this role.

“It was an honor for me to work with a cabinet made up of people of very high calibre which allowed me to work in coordination to achieve the objectives of the Government in achieving the welfare of the people,” said Dr. Lopez in her letter of resignation.

The Vice Minister Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro assumes the interim position.

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