#COVID-19: MSF, Mali Health Ministry Record Successes

MSF is stopping COVID-19 medical aid as patients decline and vaccination outreach activities begin in Mali.

The international aid organisation, Medicines’ Sans Frontiers (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders says it has been responding to COVID-19 cases in Bamako, Mali, after the second wave of the virus started early December, which rapidly increased, especially in the capital.

MSF has supported the Hospital du Mali (HdM) since April 2020 and external activities in three communities of Bamako with the help of the Ministry of Health, to combat the virus after the first wave started on Monday, March 1, 2020.

From March 2021, a third wave was recorded but MSF said it provided medical facilities which recorded decreased cases from week 16. The drop in cases has also been noted in hospitals since week 17 (67 new admissions compared to 82 in week 16), the charity said.

The virus reached 57 of 75 districts in 10 regions which created a surge and on Sunday, June 13, 2021, Mali recorded 14,330 cases, 10,058 recovered and 525 deaths.

To combat the virus, MSF has done 13,374 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

Also, 12,444 prevention kits have been distributed to the people with the most risk and 109,244 people reached with awareness activities.

MSF has also recorded 1,759 cases at home and currently 258 people with the infection with eight deaths.

As of Sunday, May 2, 2021, a total of 13,915 cases were notified with 8,733  patients healed (63 per cent) and 489 deaths (4.5 per cent).

The country received 396,000 vaccine doses as vaccination started on Wednesday, March  31, 2021, first focusing on health workers and then to the general population.

Currently, the Unity Hospital welcomes seven patients in emergency care, one in intensive care-reanimation, six in pre- reanimation, 16 in hospitalisation, and eight under oxygen.

Hospital activity and training should continue over the next month to finalise staff capacity reinforcement, especially regarding the organisation of the services, and to ensure a good transfer of skills to the ministry team as MSF stopped hospital and outreach activities on Thursday, June 20, 2021.

“We can say that Mali has the situation under control, although there are some cases happening but the ministry of Health has it under control,” it said.

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