Les cas de COVID-19 sont en hausse, le ministère de la santé l’a annoncé !

The cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, the Ministry of Health announced, yesterday Tuesday in Nouakchott, the healing of Covid-19 of 55 people, the new contamination of 825 people, and two deaths in the last 24 hours. There have been 42,182 cases of contamination and 872 deaths linked to the coronavirus recorded in the country since the start of the epidemic. The outbreak of the coronavirus disease has deeply shaken the country.

From the outset, the government has put in place strong response measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government has introduced the following measures upon arrival at border crossings:

 – Wearing a mask, social distancing, and taking your temperature.

  – Present a complete vaccination certificate with a vaccine recognized by the WHO (AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson&Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, Covishield) or a negative PCR test dated less than 72 hours before boarding for people not vaccinated or whose vaccination is incomplete.

Any traveler arriving without a vaccination certificate or PCR test will not be allowed to enter the territory. In the event of the presence of signs suggestive of COVID-19 on arrival (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sneezing, general fatigue, etc.), the traveler will be taken care of according to the national protocol and an RT-PCR test will be carried out.

  If this test gives a positive result, a controlled quarantine of 10 days, in a place at the expense of the traveler, is to be respected. A control RT-PCR test will be carried out on the 10th day before leaving quarantine. If this test gives a negative result, the traveler is advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

The following measures apply:

Respect sanitary measures and social distancing; Curfew from midnight to 6 a.m.;

    Ban on Friday prayers in the mosque; Prohibition of non-essential gatherings; Additional restrictions on public transport;

    Closure of public administrations at 4 p.m. (instead of 5 p.m.) and work at reduced capacity;

It was also advised before, in 2021, that Friday prayer must be conducted with as few individuals for safety reasons.

Hospitals in Nouakchott only offer emergency services so staff can be made available to Covid centers and travelers are asked to strictly adhere to local regulations.

The Mauritanian authorities have also made available to the population the toll-free telephone number 1155 (accessible only from Mauritania). Questions can be asked at this number.

But from the start of the appearance of this pandemic, the human resource and vaccination capacities of the health teams were insufficient to deal with this unprecedented threat to the health of our population. This is undoubtedly why the first vaccination campaign had taken a long time.

Indeed, health personnel were not protected and they did not receive the attention they deserve. Rupture of gloves and masks when caregivers need these medical consumables to protect themselves and prevent their patients from becoming infected or infecting others.

At the very beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, healthcare professionals were thus trained both in the fight against COVID-19 and in the effective management of comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Today, vaccination has been decisive in the fight against this pandemic. The country, with the support of partners, has enabled the country to receive as of December 28, 2021 more than 4,289,950 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 thanks to the strong collaboration of several partners and through the COVAX initiative and bilateral cooperation.

Currently, it is important to further consolidate the synergy of all players to fight against this deadly pandemic.

Always wear the mask properly covering the nose and mouth; continue to wash hands regularly with soap and water and encourage families to do so; maintain the physical distance of 2 meters; make sure that the places are ventilated; cough and sneeze into the crook of the elbow; and without hesitation, go get vaccinated. Vaccination against the COVID-19 epidemic will allow the country to reduce the number of deaths, but also to revive its economy which has suffered so much from this pandemic.

I wish a speedy recovery to the President of the Republic, to the members of the government who tested positive and to all the other compatriots, with my best wishes for the end of the COVID-19 which has greatly affected our lives and which has delayed ambitious projects. of Taahudaty.

Ahmed Ould Bettar

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