Augenzeugenbericht aus Dar Es Salaam

Am 26. April erreichte uns eine weitere Nachricht aus der Muhimbili Universitätsklinik in Dar Es Salaam:

As of this moment, the disease has surely spread so much in the communities. It is now pointless to even follow up contacts, infact what the team does, they would come 3 to 5 days later and ask you if you have symptoms otherwise you continue with your routines. For suspects, you are put in isolation area (no social distancing is preached in these units), those who test positive go to quarantine, the rest goes home, majority have later tested positive (acquired infections in these units and spread to so much more). 

Some places like in hospitals, banks and many other service areas people must put on masks, and hand hygiene is seriously observed and people are now used to these rules. However, in the streets people are still roaming around nothing has changed majority without masks. You must have seen some video clips of people washing these surgical masks to be sold again. There are every sort of masks in the street, sold in a very unhygienic conditions, it’s very hard to manage I think.

Although, Dar es salaam at the moment is the epicentre of this pandemic in our country for now. Very soon we’re all going to experience the same all over the country with free movement advocated by top leaders. Hospitals here are not really prepared for the larger scale mass casualties from the disease. It is very sad we will never be prepared even if we were given more time. Everyone of us is still like in shock and do not know of what to expect in few days to come. We are luck that we do not get the right statistics thus we do not panic but stay unsure of whatever is going on.

Please say hello to everyone in the foundation and your team in Tutzing. Let’s stay in touch tafadhali. Stay safe.


Dr. K.

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