Tunisian gov’t vows to use all means to avoid oxygen shortage in hospitals

Empty oxygen tanks at . Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Sunday that all means will be provided for the health ministry to avoid oxygen shortage in the country’s hospitals.

During his visit to the ministry, Mechichi chaired a meeting dedicated to examining practical solutions for overcoming the lack of medical oxygen in hospitals.

The Tunisian government head called for solutions by importing oxygen from neighboring countries, according to a government statement.

“We must think about all the possible scenarios and be prepared well to avoid the oxygen shortage, especially since we are at war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mechichi called for the need to redouble efforts to contain the pandemic, noting “the government will provide the logistical and human resources to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

He also expressed his thanks to Algeria for supporting Tunisia in this health crisis by providing large quantities of oxygen.

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