Bodies left for hours among patients for reasons such as patient attendance, lack of space in the morgue, and staff shortages: In Tunisia, hospitals have begun to sink in the face of the spread of Govt-19, unprecedented levels.
Ibn Jasser Hospital in the limited region of Cairo (center) has been visited by such patients, “some of them die without realizing it”, a nurse insults Imen Fetti.
The bodies remained in the chambers for up to 24 hours as there were already no staff to take the whole body.
Mohamed Misrooy, who lives in Cairo, told AFP he left his wife in the hospital with his ailing mother because “he is not free, there are no nurses, so what to do? “.
Tunisia has recorded unprecedented daily deaths since the outbreak began a year and a half ago, bringing more than 15,000 deaths to more than 12 million people, and more than 600 are currently in intensive care. The official number of total cases exceeded 445,000.
The field hospitals set up in recent months are no longer adequate: 92% of the revitalized beds in the public are now occupied, and those in the capital are overcrowded.
Authorities confronted the wave with a “tsunami”, limiting it to six governors, where the rate of spread of the virus was particularly high, including in Cairo.
Doctors, nurses and voluntary organizations in Cairo have raised the alarm. An online gift pool is organized.
“There is a shortage of oxygen equipment and we have reached a point where we do not know who to help in the first place,” laments Imen Feeti.
– Exhausted staff –
According to the Regional Health Administration in Cairo, daily oxygen consumption has reached 5,500 liters per day, up from 400 to 500 just two weeks before the start of the new peak.
In this marginalized region, public and private health facilities have only 45 resuscitation beds and 250 oxygen devices, health officials said. A sports hall has been converted into a hospital.
At the Ibn Jazar Institute, there are three nurses for every 35 people in Kovid.
“We start early in the morning and we do not know when we will end,” Imen Feeti told AFP.
His day begins with the sick lying on the floor in the corridors, failing to find a bed.
She is trapped by a young woman who begs her father to take responsibility for the loss of her mother from Kovil. “Unfortunately he died.”
The daily death toll, including children, has risen to 20 in Cairo, where the streets are almost deserted, huts and shops are closed.
“The situation is very mild, and the intensive care beds are full,” acknowledges Regional Health Director Mohamed Ruiz.
– Court Beaches –
Hospitals in neighboring governorates have been mobilized to distribute to patients, “but today the situation is complicated because these hospitals are overcrowded,” Mr. Ruiz said.
The coastal town of Soos, 60 km away, is also under total control, and security services have banned access to the main beach.