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Tunisians Donate USD13.5 Million to Fight COVID-19

Tunisians Donate USD13.5 Million to Fight COVID-19

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 07:30
A view shows a deserted square around the clock tower at the end of Avenue Habib Bourguiba, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tunis, Tunisia March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunis - Mongi Saidani

The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced that it received donations amounting to TND38.11 million (around USD13.5 million) during 13 weeks of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. This is in addition to services and centers provided to hospitals, whose financial value hasn’t been assessed.

In this context, head of the central committee entrusted with donations at the Ministry Mohammad Moftah told Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) that the overall value of donations to the health sector is estimated at TND50 million (USD17.7 million) in case the value of services was added to direct donations.

The best and fastest mechanism to fight the pandemic was fulfilling the needs of the hospital through the following process: The donors buy the needed equipment from the supplier and hand it over to the hospital. Sometimes, this process took one day only while at other times it took a week by the latest.

Tunisia established a donations’ fund that garnered an approximate TND200 million (USD70.8 million). It further affirmed that the majority of donations will go to the health sector via purchasing ambulance vehicles and assigning doctors for poor regions.

On June 27, Tunisia reopened its border and scheduled the full return of tourism activity starting July. It pins hopes on tourism given that it succeeded in containing the pandemic, as revealed by official data stating that the total of confirmed cases is 1,169. A tally less than others registered internationally.

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