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COVID-19 unit at Sahloul University Hospital, built in 15 days in Sousse, inaugurated

A health unit at the University Hospital of Sahloul de Sousse dedicated to the care for patients infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and completed in less than 15 days was inaugurated Thursday.

The health unit was funded by Tunisian businessman Moez Driss, as part of his support to the state’s efforts to fight against the coronavirus.

Health Minister Abdelattif Mekki, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi and President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Samir Majoul attended the inauguration of this health unit.

This health unit called “Unit COVID-19” was built on an area of 400 square meters. It includes a waiting room, 8 hospitalisation rooms with a capacity of 3 patients each and a large room dedicated to ordinary patients housing a maximum of 6 patients, said Head of the Emergency Department Riadh Boukef.

In a statement to TAP, Boukef called on the Ministry of Health to strengthen the emergency department of the Sahloul Hospital in human capacity, to cope with the increase in the number of patients treated in this institution.

Health Minister Abdellatif Mekki thanked the initiator of this project, praising the efforts made by all those who contributed to the achievement of this health unit.

He called these efforts a “symbol of solidarity and cooperation between all social groups to help the country overcome the current crisis and defeat the pandemic.

Mekki said the health unit, equipped with advanced equipment, will help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the other care services of the Sahloul hospital.

He added that citizens’ commitment to respect the general health lockdown, the consolidation of preventive measures and the decisions to close down cafes, educational institutions and mosques have helped to limit the dangerous impact of the pandemic.


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