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US News Covid-19: the influx of international donations saves Tunisia of a "disaster" sanitary

14:55  25 july  2021
14:55  25 july  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Des bouteilles d'oxygène, fournies par la France à la Tunisie au titre de l'aide médicale pour lutter contre la pandémie de Covid-19, sont déchargées au port de Radès, dans la banlieue est de la capitale Tunis, le 22 juillet 2021. © Fethi Belaid, AFP bottles of oxygen, provided by France to Tunisia for medical aid for Fight against the pandemic of Covid-19, are unloaded at the port of Radès, in the eastern suburbs of the capital Tunis, July 22, 2021.

Donations from European countries and the Gulf, Tunisians of the diaspora and simple citizens Flowing to allow Tunisia hit hard by COVID-19 to avoid a "disaster" sanitary, according to health professionals.

The call for help was heard. The donations flock to Tunisia , whether European countries or the Gulf, to avoid a "disaster" sanitary because of CVIV-19. This country of the Maghreb, which has attracted to find the necessary vaccines before the epidemic booked in July, has now received 3.2 million doses widely offered, and should exceed the 5 million here the mid-August, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Some 500,000 doses come from China, as many of the United Arab Emirates, and 250,000 doses arrived from neighboring Algeria. France alone, gave this week more than a million doses of Astrazeneca and Janssen, which vaccinates 800,000 people, ie "one-tenth of the adult population" of this country of 12 million inhabitants, AFP indicated the French Secretary of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.

The associations and the diaspora are not left out to send help.

for Cyrine Chedly, a member of the organization of young Tunisian doctors, who appealed to donations relayed by other associations and institutions, "the mobilization of civil society saved Tunisia of a disaster scenario".

Thus, adds Dr. Hechmi Louzir, head of the Institut Pasteur de Tunis, "Vaccine donations will allow us to accelerate vaccination to achieve our goal of vaccinating about 50% of the population by mid- October". What to "reduce the circulation of the virus in the country", he adds to AFP.

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But these vaccines arrive late. Tunisia, which received only one sixth of the doses promised under the COVAX program for disadvantaged countries, is found with one of the worst CVIV-19 mortality rates in the world.

Passage from 90 to 500 resuscitation beds

Tunisian Internet users share videos of panicked families because not finding a bed for their loved ones, caregivers fearing the scarcity of oxygen, and bodies crammed into overflowing morgues.

Public hospitals, already poor in normal times due to mismanagement and lack of means, have again called for help at the beginning of the summer to obtain in particular protective equipment and instruments for the intensive care.

in the Kairouan Hospital (North), one of the first overflow by the influx of patients at the end of June, "donations of oxygen concentrators have reduced the number of serious cases and deaths," says the Dr. Chedly.

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The Jabeur Tennis Champion sold two rackets to finance a resuscitation unit.

Tunisia, which only had 90 resuscitation beds in the public sector before the pandemic, now has 500, partly thanks to donations.

Lack of coordination and barriers to the Tunisian customs administration authorized Tunisians from abroad to report an oxygen concentrator per traveler without having to pay tax. But the installation of more sophisticated material suffers from a lack of coordination or obstacles from the administration.

A country hospital provided by the United States in May was installed in July, another offered by Qatar is still not functional for lack of oxygen source.

on the three oxygen generators delivered by France in early June, worth a million euros, and which allow you to feed each 300 beds continuously, only one is completely functional.

In the meantime, France and Italy have sent significant amounts of oxygen in recent days.

Other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Algeria or United Arab Emirates also sent tons of medical equipment. Even Mauritania offered 15 tons of fish.

But this will not be enough to overcome the crisis: Prevention measures remain poorly respected and the struggles of power at the state of the state disorganize the public authorities.

"It takes a realization of the citizen, good management of the health crisis by the authorities and political stability," says Dr. Chedly.

with AFP

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