UNICEF donates 25,500 PCR test kits to Health Ministry
23/09/2020 17:42, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – UNICEF, on Wednesday, granted 25,500 coronavirus PCR test kits to Health Ministry's laboratories, at a ceremony attended by Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi, US ambassador in Tunis Donald Blome and UNICEF representative in Tunis Marilena Viviani.

The donation, funded by USAID, consists of a first batch of 100,000 laboratory tests that will be soon delivered by UNICEF to the Health Department, the Health Minister told reporters.

He told TAP this first batch of tests (25,500) is intended for 30 laboratories, to beef up efforts against the coronavirus, adding that 3 new laboratories will be licenced to carry out COVID-19 tests in Sidi bouzid, Kebili and Jendouba.

The Minister said the number of people infected with the virus is high but the situation is under control.

The ministry is working to intensify tests on people who were in contact with carriers of the virus and reinforce the care for patients in hospitals and ICUs, he added.

The US Ambassador said this donation will promote efforts of coronavirus detection, recalling that $37 million worth of aid was granted to the Ministry of health last March.

The UNICEF representative told TAP that the aid will help strengthen the capacity of health ministry laboratories to carry out more tests and contain the spread of the epidemic.

She said 70,000 additional PCR tests will soon be handed over to the ministry, as well as 83 tonnes of medical equipment, to meet the requirements of health professionals.

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