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 24. April schreibt er an uns:

There’s now internal arrangement where we get two masks (surgical) a day, one is for the next day. Unfortunately, we still do elective operations and every other thing as usual. More and more fellow doctors and nurses are being quarantined. To date, there at least 4 intern doctors, 2 specialists and 2 residents and several nurses in quarantine from our department. Numbers of patients are still to the roof despite more staffs being in isolation or quarantined.

Do I still see suspects in the ward? I answer you with this morning’s clinical note from one of my patients today. We had suspected her due to difficult in breathing and fever. Isolation team informed they came to review 24hrs later took a repeat slide for malaria which was again negative, they reviewed these results 12hrs later and requested a Chest X-ray. Sonographer reported there were no evidence of corona. 24hrs after the results, they concluded there is no covid19. Just like a drama TV show.

We hear of escapees from quarantine facility. These people are claiming to have received poor services from health care workers as they were avoiding them due to lack of adequate PPEs (masks). But others are saying they have been seeing their neighbors dying everyday and seems like they would all die soon or later, so they left to live their last days with families. There is now a number of people dropping dead in the streets, this is strange presentation. I am trying to make sense of it all. One just this morning here at Muhimbili, I don’t know whatever this is, but certainly alarming.

We stay in touch and keep hoping for the best. I’ll be alone in the firm out of 9 residents for the next one week, all others have left. I hope I manage to keep the wards and calls duty running meanwhile, specialists help but they’re careful not to stay in the wards.


Dr. K.

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