Augenzeugenbericht aus Dar Es Salaam

Regelmäßig informiert uns der Medizinische Leiter des St. Walburg`s Hospitals in Nyangao über die aktuelle Lage in Dar Es Salaam. Am 17. April schreibt er an uns:

Good news, finally some people are taking some positive actions towards combating the infection.

So, yesterday we were told a paediatric/maternity block at Amana Hospital (one of the regional referral hospitals in Dar es salaam) is closed down to function as treatment centre for covid19. At least 75 patients will be transferred to Muhimbili perhaps sometimes today for this reason. Although this would mean more work for us as this hospital really saves many patients a day, but it is a sign someone is waking up from a day dream.

There hasve been more added centres for sample collection though still same centralized testing area. May be we can have some more centres soon (big if). All suspected cases in our department died.

There’s serious shortage of everything now, although somehow plenty of chlorine water and some few masks available (ee at least get one daily). Muhimbili is now producing own gowns relatively much cheaper to WHO’s prototypes with more or less same quality. When will we have enough is still not known, but for us it is nevertheless a good step.

Although we would like it to be nationalised through out the country, but it a good starting point nevertheless that some departments like MOI is masks and handrub or washing for everyone (patients, their relatives and all healthcare workers) or no service. Theatres accepts patients with masks on only. And all stuffs in some departments/unit must put on masks( still not a rule in some areas).

People were being evacuated from bars/clubs yesterday evening by police to stay home. People in streets were chased back to their homes. Although for political reasons movements from one place to another will not be shut down, but most people are now not moving around but still congesting in some places.



Dr. K.

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