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Tunisia: a catastrophic situation hits hospitals due to lack of oxygen and doctors' fatigue

With the daily infection rate of the Corona virus in Tunisia approaching the ceiling of 10 thousand, the Ministry of Health said that the country’s health system “collapsed” after the rapid spread of the epidemic, the filling of intensive care departments, and the fatigue of medical personnel. News, that the situation inside the hospitals is "catastrophic", and that doctors "are suffering from unprecedented fatigue, and officials are struggling to provide oxygen to patients."

A week ago, Tunisia has recorded record numbers of deaths and infections with the virus, which have been rising, and according to official statistics, it has reached 134 deaths and 9,823 infections, on Wednesday, amid increasing fears of the authorities' inability to control the outbreak of the epidemic, and a catastrophic scenario for the health crisis.

The Director General of Health Structures at the Ministry of Health, Nofal Al-Samrani, said in a statement to "Sky News Arabia", that "the number of arrivals to intensive care departments has doubled recently, especially with the emergence of the Indian strain (Delta) in the country."

He stressed that "great pressure was recorded in the various departments of Covid-19 and the intensive care departments, and the rate of filling the recovery beds reached 95 percent, and the oxygen beds 90 percent."

Al-Samrani added, "We are working to put additional beds in other departments and outpatient clinics on a daily basis, and we have also stopped all non-urgent surgeries in order to accommodate Covid-19 patients."

The Director General of Health Structures confirmed that the consumption of oxygen in Tunisia rose from 25,000 liters per day during the previous waves of the epidemic, to 125,000 liters per day and more currently, which forced Tunisia to supply oxygen, and speed up the acquisition of condensing machines and distributing them to hospitals.

The official considered that the health system in Tunisia "withstood the pressure, and resisted the pandemic despite the large number of patients," calling on citizens to reduce this pressure by working to break the cycles of infection and adhere to preventive protocols.