Not just Viagra pills for its troops, Brazil’s military also bought 60 penile implants, lawmaker claims

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Congressman Eliaz Vaz, who also revealed Viagra spending, said the Ministry of Defense had purchased 60 silicone inflatable penile implants at a cost of between 50,000 and 60,000 reais each, for three different military hospitals. .

Brazilian army buys Viagra pills for its troops, says lawmaker / AFP

Brasília: After revelations that the Brazilian military purchased Viagra pills for its troops, a lawmaker claimed on Tuesday that he also acquired 60 penile implants – for reasons that were not disclosed.

Congressman Eliaz Vaz, who also revealed Viagra spending, said the Department of Defense had “approved the purchase of 60 penile prostheses.”

“The question we are asking is: why is (President Jair) Bolsonaro’s government spending public money to pay for these prostheses?” Vaz said in a note sent to AFP.

“The Brazilian people are struggling to get medicine…and yet a group (of people) are being treated with expensive prostheses.”

Vaz said the ministry purchased 60 “inflatable silicone” penile implants at a cost of between 50,000 and 60,000 reais (about $10,600 to $12,800) each, for three different military hospitals. The total cost was over $700,000.

He said he obtained the information through the government’s so-called “transparency portal”, which provides access to details of public spending.

The congressman said he would report the matter to federal prosecutors for investigation.

The military came under intense scrutiny on Monday after Vaz revealed a purchase of 35,000 units of “the little blue pill” – another name for Viagra, sparking a flurry of jokes on social media. The order was for sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.

The Ministry of Defense replied that the pills were “to treat patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension”, or a type of high blood pressure. The explanation did little to stem the hilarity from social media users.

“That explains why the military’s support for Bolsonaro just goes up and up,” one joked, playing on the far-right president’s close relationship with the armed forces.

“Some say these pills must help the armed forces fuck democracy even harder,” wrote the satirical news site Sensacionalista.

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