Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that the lymphatic cancer she was diagnosed in 2009 has been ‘solved’ and she enjoys ‘good health’. The president’s health is a recurrent concern in Brazil.
“The cancer question currently, is a solved question, if it is diagnosed on time. If people comply with prevention they have the conditions to detect it and undergo treatment as happened with me”, said President Rousseff during a television program released Sunday.
“My health is good and I’m trying to slip four or five kilos to recover my condition before the (October 2010) elections”, said Ms Rousseff who undergoes routine checkups every “six months”.
Brazil’s first woman president, 64, also revealed that since taking office she has not forgotten her feminine vanity and confessed she does her own make up.
The president also talked about the recent ousting of four ministers (cabinet chief, Agriculture, Transport and Defence) and some top officials most of them under corruption allegations and said she hopes to never have to go through similar situations.
“I hope I never have to change a minister under those circumstances. They have not been judged yet so we must not condemn them”, said the president who nevertheless added “corruption can’t be wiped out on one stroke, but we can make things ever more difficult. But we can’t demonize politics”.
Rousseff also pointed out that having several women ministers in the cabinet is part of the “complementary” condition of her administration. “A woman is more analytical, has a greater capacity to go through details, but men had greater synthesis and objectivity capacities”.
Regarding her strong character reputation, president Rousseff said that she looks tougher because she outstands among a group of ‘docile’ men in reference to her cabinet.
When asked about the challenge which means hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the apparent delay in much of the infrastructure works, President Rousseff said “I’m fully confident because by the end of 2012 we will have completed at least nine of the stadiums”.