‘I can’t wait to get back to work .. get Brazil moving’: President Bolsonaro from hospital

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro could be discharged in the coming days, the Vila Nova Star hospital said where he is being treated. Mr Bolsonaro has been in the hospital since Wednesday after being diagnosed with an obstructed intestine.

In a statement on Saturday, the hospital said Bolsonaro will be offered a diet of soups and purees and assuming he shows no negative reaction, he could be discharged in the next few days.

Chief surgeon Antonio Macedo told journalists that he could be released on Sunday.

The 66-year-old president was transferred to the hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday after suffering from a 10-day bout of constant hiccups.

Bolsonaro has said the problem relates to a stabbing during his 2018 presidential campaign.

Since then, the far-right leader has undergone six operations, five of which were on his digestive system.

In a live online event on Saturday to mark the opening of a Caixa Economica bank branch in the northern state of Ceara, Bolsonaro said he was feeling fine and wanted to get back to work.

“I’m fine, thank God. The problem I had earlier this week was still due to the stab wound I received in 2018 … from time to time it affects the gut,” Bolsonaro said during the live event, explaining that he will not undergo surgery.

“I can’t wait to get back to work, see friends and really get Brazil moving,” he added.

Bolsonaro currently faces mounting political pressure to account for his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 540,300 people in Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

He has been accused of failing to respond to alleged irregularities in the health ministry involving the procurement of a COVID-19 vaccine from India, and this month new allegations surfaced that Bolsonaro was involved in a scheme to skim his aides’ salaries when he was a federal deputy.

The president, a coronavirus sceptic who has downplayed the threat of COVID-19 and rebuffed efforts to impose strict lockdown measures such as curfews, has denied all the accusations against him.

He faces polls next year.

Bolsonaro could face a challenge from Brazil’s former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who recent polls show could defeat the ex-army captain.