Student demonstration in front of the Health Ministry as a protest against new-born mortality (AFP)
Sassi Jbeil, Agencies (Tunis)
The Tunisian health ministry announced on Friday that two directors were dismissed after the 17-year-old boy died in a hospital in the capital, in an incident shaken by Tunis and under investigation by the judiciary. The ministry announced the resignation of Nabiha Borsali's public health director and the director of the Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the hospital and the General Director of the National Laboratory for Drug Control and announced new appointments. Former health minister Abdel Raouf Sharif announced last Saturday after the deaths of 11 babies on the seventh and eighth months of this month before the number of deaths increased to 17, the head of the Tunisian health surgeon Saber Ben Ammar said on Friday.
The judiciary and the government's investigative commission are investigating the causes of infant mortality, while the Health Ministry suspects there is a rash in the vaccine given to infants before the death. The Ministry has explained that medical samples are being analyzed from the obstetric center in three laboratories to determine the causes of death, and the results will be published as soon as they occur.
The incident was triggered by shock and anger among the Tunisians, the last in a series of mistakes and corruption that had hit the public health sector for years. On the other hand, medical sources in Tunisian Kasserino yesterday announced the spread of measles virus to alarming and dangerous levels that led to the deaths of six cases and injuries to more than 600 people. Tunisian radio quoted medical sources at the regional hospital in Kasserina and the regional health department in the state of death of six children and infants from the beginning of January with a measles virus.
According to the same source, the number of victims is accelerated by Thursday, 620 infected with a virus, mostly children and infants. Medical sources attribute the lack of vaccine vaccination to disease outbreaks, which is a common case especially in rural areas of Kasserine. The media reports cited the families of victims in Kasserine who reported that a sudden and rapid epidemic of illness was caused by the emergence of a virus through a patient from a nearby algerian territory.