Tunisia’s Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi has been sacked as the number of coronavirus cases in the Country continues to surge at an alarming rate.
Earlier in the month a health ministry spokesman described the situation as “catastrophic”.
According to the country’s health ministry adviser and head of the Palais des Congrès vaccination centre in Tunis, Rafla Tej Dellagi, the system was reaching breaking point.
“I don’t think we’ve reached the peak and the care system is in a critical state: not only are we at about 200 deaths per day… but also patients care services, hospitalisations, oxygen beds are currently at their maximum,” she said.
She thereafter added that the country needed to seriously ramp up its vaccination programme in order to help stem the spread of the virus:
The disease has put the medical system under severe pressure for a while now and there have been oxygen shortages at hospitals in several provinces