The Minister of Health, Victor Costache, resigned on Thursday.
The official announcement was made by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban.
”I took note of this resignation. I am sending it to President Iohannis to issue the decree,” Orban said.
He also announced that Secretary of State Nelu Tataru will take over the leadership of the Health Ministry.
“The Secretary of State is part of the team from the Health Ministry, he was, is, and will be on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus. He already knows very well all the procedures, the whole plan of measures. Today he is in (northeastern) Suceava, I called him and I informed him about my intention to propose him as Minister of Health, to come back to Bucharest and discuss all the details,” said Ludovic Orban.
Interim Health Minister Nelu Tataru – biography
Nelu Tataru was born on 30 September 1972, in eastern Vaslui. He graduated with the Faculty of General Medicine with the Iasi Medicine and Pharmacy University (UMF) in 1998. He afterwards graduated from a course of Public Institutions Management in 2004 and a course of General Surgery in 2006, both with the UMF Iasi. In 2007 he graduated from the National School of Public Health and Sanitary Management, and in 2009 he completed a specialisation in digestive endoscopy, also at the UMF Iasi.
Since 2011, Tataru is a Doctor of Sciences, as a graduate of the UMF Iasi Doctoral School.
He is a surgeon.
Nelu Tataru used to be a Liberal local counselor in the town of Husi, then the leader of the PNL Husi, then a PNL Senator of Vaslui from December 2012.
Furthermore, Tataru was a member of the Romanian-Moldovan Joint Committee for European Integration and a member of the Select Joint Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Space. Tataru used to be a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Estonia, the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Philippines, chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Greece.
Nelu Tataru was also a member of the Defence, Public Order and National Security Committee and secretary of the Committee for Human Rights, Cults and National Minorities Issues of the Romanian Senate, according to www.senat.ro.