U.S. Donates Two Mobile Negative-Pressure Isolation Hospitals to “Mongi Selim” Hospital in La Marsa

Ambassador Donald Blome and Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi visited Mongi Slim Hospital today to review construction of the first of two field hospitals donated by the United States to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobile, negative-pressure isolation hospitals offer 30 beds each and provide additional space for the safe testing, isolation, and treatment of patients with COVID-19 or other airborne infectious disease.

The U.S. government has provided more than $36 million in COVID-related support since March 2020 to help Tunisia respond to the immediate health crisis and address the pandemic’s long-term economic and social effects.

Ambassador Remarks

Good morning.

Minister of Health; Governor of Tunis and local officials; Ministry of Health Directors General and officials; Dear guests.

The unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 continue to affect us all.  I am here to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the Tunisian government in support of COVID-19 prevention and response efforts.

Today’s donation to the Mongi Slim Hospital is the first of two Negative Pressure Isolation Shelters that will create additional space for the safe testing, isolation, and treatment of patients with COVID-19 or other airborne infectious disease.  These two field hospitals are fully self-contained, have their own isolation systems, generators, bathrooms and 30 hospital beds each.

Since the start of the pandemic last March, the U.S. government has provided more than $36 million USD in support to help Tunisia respond to the immediate health crisis and address the pandemic’s long-term economic and social effects

We are proud that Pfizer, an American company, was the first WHO approved vaccine to arrive in Tunisia. This first Pfizer shipment was donated to Tunisia through the COVAX global procurement mechanism, of which the United States is the largest single donor nation at $4 billion.

Thank you and the Ministry of Health for our ongoing cooperation.  I wish everyone continued safety.