Official data show that the country is facing a wave of deadly coronavirus caused by the South African variant, with nearly 10,000 cases and 200 deaths within a month.
“I don’t remember anything”, She was slurred and smiling. The 35-year-old chef assistant Anna * (Anna *) was huddled in bed at the Betongolo Military Hospital in Antananarivo and had been in a coma for two days. Under the harsh neon lights, she grinds the plastic thread of the IV line. A jar of expired yogurt and a few boxes of medicine lay on his bedside table. This young diabetic almost succumbed to Covid-19.
“I cough, dry throat, and miss the air the next day”, she says. The young woman urgently needed oxygen, but it took her relatives nearly 21 hours to find insulin and found a place in the appropriate department of the hospital. “We called the emergency number 914 and everything was full”, Remember Anna.
In addition to medication, his daily hospitalization costs are 400,000 aririals (about 90 euros), which is paid by the employer. Alone, she could hardly solve them. According to a study by the World Bank, on the island, 75% of the population live on less than 2 Euros a day.
Near Anna*, separated by a simple wall hanging, Mary* was infected with severe Covid-19. She tapped the phone while her husband Herilanto * was sitting in a chair at the end of the bed and reading. He hasn’t left the room for four days. “It’s overwhelming, In relation to the former engineer’s work, he switched to selling spices. It started with abnormal fatigue. We went to the Mahamasina Covid Treatment Center but were already full. It’s the same in other places. My wife is struggling. It took a little more than a day to go back and forth, and then oxygen was put on her. ” During the four days of hospitalization, two million of computing power has been spent. “We borrowed it from the whole family”, Confie Herilanto.
In the past three weeks, this South African deformed car caused severe damage in Madagascar and saturated the country’s medical capacity, which has been moderately damaged by the first wave of Covid-19 attacks in 2020. The sirens of ambulances ring regularly in the city center from the capital. Directors of the instrument are at a loss.
Since the arrival of the coronavirus in March 2020, only 36,000 cases and 605 deaths have been officially recorded on the island. Can’t reflect realistic figures. A diplomat said that since last spring, fewer than 120,000 tests have been conducted.
Everything on the island is lost. Due to a lack of nursing staff, doctors at Andry’s hospital work 24 hours a day every two days. “I saw people really dying at my feet because there was no room in the hospital and they came out of the ambulance. He testified. We no longer have medicines such as antihypertensive drugs or supplements. We must bring them in from outside. “
In the Covid Treatment Center (CTC)-high schools and gymnasiums are often turned into treatment rooms-the staff is equally overwhelmed. People come here before going to the hospital, Explain to the doctor. When we should treat mild illnesses, we will encounter serious conditions. The amount of oxygen is indeed not enough for everyone to use. Lack of medicines in the intensive care unit. Comorbidity drugs are the responsibility of the family, and some pharmacies are in short supply. “
Faced with these shortcomings, the authorities have failed to stop the spread of the coronavirus and are trying to limit the expression of dissatisfaction. “People are afraid to speak out and testify, Make sure the nanny. Publicly criticizing the government or the management of health crises can lead to pressure on social networks and even dismissal. “
On April 22, an inter-ministerial decision banned the broadcasting of ten interactive programs for 15 days in the name of a health emergency, including audience intervention or political debate, because of concerns “Disrupt public order.” Decide “Disproportionate, illegal and illegal”According to Arnaud Froger, head of the Africa office of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
“Like China, all regimes that exercise excessive control over information have contributed to the spread of this epidemic. Official communications cannot replace news information.”, He emphasized. In the end, the ban was lifted on Monday, April 26, subject to the provisions of the letter of commitment submitted by the media to the Ministry of Communications.
The violence of the South African variant forced the government to change its health strategy. Prior to this, Covid Organics, a traditional medicine made from Artemisia plants, has always been the core of treatment. The Minister of Health announced that the first batch of vaccines will be on the market in early May, but did not indicate the brand or serial number. They will be mainly used by caregivers and the elderly.
After several months of delay, the executives decided to join the Covax program on March 30. The first dose should arrive on the island in July. Over the weekend, President Andry Rajoelina returned for two weeks, completely controlling it, and the country once again closed off foreign flights indefinitely.