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#Coronavirus Minister of Health: not registered any new cases of HIV Coruna in Tunisia
May 24, 2013
TUNIS(TAP) - "No new cases of Coronavirus (nCOV) have been detected in Tunisia except for the caseofthe patient who had died last May 10, Minister of HealthAbdellatif Mekki said on Thursday.
The Minister recalled that the man, who had returned fromthe Gulf, died of acute respiratory failure and that his sonand daughter who were also infectedby the same virus receivednecessary treatment and recovered completely.
"The Ministry of Health, which has taken every precautionto deal with the virus, will not hesitate to report on newcases of infection in total transparency," the Ministerindicated at a press conference held on Thursday in Tunis.
Regarding the ministry's response strategy, Mekkiannounced that a national monitoring committee has beencreated for this purpose.
It is composed of specialists in public health, respiratory diseases and epidemiology in addition to concernedstructures.
He also said that a guidebook has been published on thedetection and treatment of the virus as well as preventivemeasures taken in hospitals to avoid contamination and raisingawareness of people travelling from and to the Omra.
The guidebook also contains recommendations of the WorldHealth Organisation (WHO) on the detection of the virus amongpeople exposed to the disease or their families, the purchaseof reagents needed to identify the virus and organisation ofmedia awareness campaigns to introduce the virus andpreventive measures to be taken to be protected from it.
A pamphlet on prevention methods will be distributed tothe public and to people who will travel to the Holy Shrines.
Moreover, the Minister said difficulties faced by thehealth system in Tunisia are mainly financial resulting fromthe decrease of the budget earmarked to the sector.
The budget allocated to the sector decreased by 10thousand billions between 1994 and 2010. "It is a considerableamount with which 33 hospitals similar to Charles Nicollewould have been created," he indicated.
Noureddine Ben Achour, Director General of the NationalObservatory of New and EmergingDiseases said 43 cases ofCoronavirus infections was reported in the world, includingtwo cases in Tunisia, and 20 deaths.
He said the rate of transmission of the disease remainslower.
Necessary preventive measures to avoid the spread of thisvirus are the same usual hygiene measures for all respiratorydiseases. They involve taking precautions against peoplecoming from the Middle East who have cold-like symptoms.
He added that there is no specific treatment to thisdisease and that patients only receives a symptomatictreatment.