Amid warnings of the collapse of the health system, Tunisia tightened restrictions related to the response to the Corona virus, to include primarily the imposition of a forced quarantine on all arrivals and continuing to suspend studies until mid-May. Tunisia receives coronavirus vaccines through the WHO's Kovacs program, but supplies are slow and the vaccination rate does not exceed 13,000 people per day. </p><div> <p>I decided <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/الأخبار-المغاربية/20210417-فيروس-كورونا-تونس-تغلق-المدارس-حتى-30-أبريل-وتمنع-استخدام-السيارات-بعد-السابعة-مساء" rel="noopener"><strong>Tunisian authorities</strong></a> Imposing a compulsory one-week quarantine on all arrivals from May 3 and will continue to suspend studies until May 16 to slow the rapid spread of<a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/آسيا/20210429-الهند-نحو-380-ألف-إصابة-بفيروس-كورونا-خلال-24-ساعة-في-حصيلة-قياسية-جديدة" rel="noopener"><strong>Corona Virus</strong></a>.
And last week, one of the government’s scientific advisers warned that The health system On the verge of collapse in light of the need to transfer between 90 patients and 110 patients daily to the hospital. Tunisia has about 500 beds only in intensive care units.
The medical staff at Abd al-Rahman Mami Hospital in Tunisia believes that the health system is under severe pressure, as the intensive care wards are filled due to a new increase in Covid-19 cases, exceeding the number of those who received vaccines as part of the limited vaccination campaign due to the lack of supplies.
Nurse Sumaya Bin Dibo, wearing full protective clothing, said the demand for oxygen and intensive care unit treatment was increasing. “Our family is full and we have no vacant place,” she added.
During the week, she and her colleagues at Abd al-Rahman Mami Hospital in Ariana, near the capital, worked at full capacity to help patients who were breathing with difficulty against a background of tinnitus of assistive medical devices in the 20-bed intensive care unit.
Fears of the collapse of the health system
Jalila Ben Khalil, a member of the Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus, which warned last week of the collapse of the health care system in Tunisia, said that the state should declare a state of health emergency and impose new measures. The government closed schools this month and banned the movement of cars from seven in the evening, while maintaining the general ban from ten in the evening.
And when the pandemic spread globally last year, the government imposed a general lockdown for two months, which slowed the peak of Covid-19 to fall, but this cost the poor and the debt-burdened economy dearly.
With hospitals drowning in the latest wave of the pandemic, Bin Dabou said that patients are getting younger and many of them do not suffer from chronic diseases. “After a year of fighting the virus, the medical staff and assistants are exhausted,” she added.
Tunisia is receiving coronavirus vaccines through the WHO’s Kovacs program, but supplies are slow. This week, the elderly were sitting inside a vaccination center waiting for their doses.
So far, about 300,000 out of 12 million Tunisians have been vaccinated, with about 13,000 doses administered daily.
France 24 / Reuters