The Well being Ministry mentioned earlier this month that Tunisia’s well being system had ‘collapsed’ underneath the burden of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi sacked Well being Minister Faouzi Mehdi amid escalating coronavirus circumstances within the North African nation.
The ministry mentioned earlier this month that Tunisia’s well being system had “collapsed” underneath the burden of the pandemic, which has brought on greater than 17,000 deaths in a inhabitants of about 12 million.
Mechichi’s workplace introduced Mehdi’s firing in a short assertion on Tuesday, with out giving a motive for the transfer.
He mentioned that the Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi, would head the ministry as a caretaker.
Mehdi had began a short lived opening of vaccination stations for all Tunisians over the age of 18 for Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting stampedes.
The ministry restricted entry to vaccination to these over 40 on Wednesday to keep away from additional rush.
Mehdi’s firing is one other instance of instability in a authorities that has seen a number of ministers resign resulting from tensions with parliament and the presidency.
On Sunday, Tunisia reported 117 new coronavirus deaths and a pair of,520 new circumstances, bringing the overall registered circumstances to greater than half one million.
Well being Ministry spokeswoman Nissaf Ben Alya mentioned on July eight that the well being scenario was “catastrophic” and informed a neighborhood radio station that “sadly, the well being system has collapsed.”
Some our bodies of COVID-19 victims have been dumped in rooms with different sufferers for as much as 24 hours as a result of there weren’t sufficient workers to prepare their switch to overloaded morgues.
The Fb web page of the Ministry of Well being mentioned that the particular area hospitals established in current months are now not sufficient.
Following Ben Alya’s announcement, the federal government of neighboring war-torn Libya mentioned it had determined to shut its shared border and droop air hyperlinks with Tunisia for per week.
A number of nations, from the Gulf states to former colonial energy France and Mauritania, have despatched medical assist.
Since June 20, the authorities have imposed a complete blockade in six areas and a partial blockade within the capital.
Tunisians have lived via a decade of political instability and financial disaster for the reason that 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, leaving important public providers crumbling.