The World Health Organization said on Monday that it wanted to see an acceleration of the vaccination campaign in Tunisia, a country which has seen its health system collapse.
As the epidemic in the country takes the path of stabilization after a dangerous increase that has overloaded hospitals in serious cases, the WHO hopes to take up “the challenge (…) to accelerate the vaccination campaign”, to fight against more severe forms of the disease.
Tunisia, which has seen its hospitals saturated with a lack of oxygen and vaccines, called for help, especially its neighboring countries. It has therefore benefited from several international donations including vaccines, or equipment.
In this context, Morocco had created a humanitarian corridor with the Maghreb country to deliver emergency medical aid and the installation of a field hospital, equipped with two complete resuscitation units each with 100 beds, 100 ventilators and two oxygen generators. For its part, the WHO has supplied 400 oxygen concentrators and four oxygen generators to Tunisia.
“The epidemiological data points in the right direction. (…) We have the feeling that the peak of the epidemic may have passed, ”explained Yves Souteyrand, WHO representative in Tunisia, during a press conference.
The small country of 12 million inhabitants, “received in ten days about seven million doses of vaccines and it will receive perhaps two or three million” soon, assured Mr. Souteyrand.
Tunisia has recorded over the last seven days the worst official death rate in the world, with 10.64 deaths due to Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, due to the spread of the Delta variant, which represents “more than 90% of cases contamination ”.
Since the resumption of power by Tunisian President Kais Saied, which created a situation of political crisis, Tunisia has set up a crisis unit dedicated to the management of the pandemic supervised by a senior military officer.
“Any measure that allows for a multisectoral response (…) to face this crisis should have a positive impact”, commented Souteyrand.
According to him, “relations between the WHO and the Ministry of Health are not affected by the political crisis”.