GNU Minister of Health working with his Tunisian counterpart to coordinate efforts at Ra’s Ajdir

Libya and Tunis's Ministers of Health hold a virtual meeting to discuss ways of furthering cooperation between the two countries in protecting travelers from Covid-19 and its new Delta Variant

Tunis’s currently undergoing its greatest health crisis in decades, with recorded cases increasing day by day as a result of the Delta varient. [Photo: MoH]
The Minister of Health for the National Government of Unity Dr Ali Al-Zanati, and Mr Fawzi Mehdi, his Tunisian counterpart, discussed a cooperation and coordination mechanism between the two countries with regard to the pandemic of Covid-19 and its rapidly spreading Delta variant. 

The meeting looked at ways of reinforcing the health care measures agreed between the two sides to ensure citizens’ safety.

The meeting was organized between the experts of the National Center of Disease Control and their Tunisian counterparts in order to exchange information and to evaluate the development of the coronavirus pandemic’s epidemiological situation and to propose action to prevent the disease and protect the public from infections, especially those travelling and crossing the  Ra’s Ajdir border.

The ministers also agreed to hold next Monday’s virtual meeting to follow up on an agreement on further health cooperation between Tunisia and Libya.

The Ras Xpert epidemic DNA diagnosis device was provided with PCR testing and rapid test kits for increasing the levels of protection as part of the monitoring at entry points by the Ministry of Health and its stress on precautionary measures for travellers.

Dr Badr Al-Deen Al-Najar, Director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), said that the Delta variant continues to spread wildly across Egypt and Tunisia and is coming to Libya soon and “is characterized by a very fast infection rate.”

He confirmed that there is no special protection against this new virus strain, apart from those who received two doses of this vaccine that are to be officially distributed this week.

Al-Najjar also stated that in the next 10 days the operating machines designed to recognize the Delta strain will arrive in Libya.

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