Dr. Mukwege departed from Covid-19

Denis Mukwege, who proclaimed his shortcomings, announced the Nobel Peace Prize winner 2018, on Wednesday, that he has resigned from his functions within the bodies responsible for fighting the spread of coronavirus in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congolese gynecologist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege announced Wednesday, June 10, that he has resigned from the Health Commission, which was set up as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the southern province. -Kivu (east of the Democratic Republic of Congo), whose shortcomings he condemned.

“We are (…) at the beginning of an exponential epidemiological curve and we can no longer apply a strategy that would only be preventive,” explains in a press release Dr Mukwege, awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for the care it ” provides to women victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“So I decided to retire (…) to fully devote myself to my medical responsibilities and to treat this influx of patients at Panzi Hospital,” which he founded in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, writes DenisMukwege, nicknamed “the man repairing women”.

“A series of problems that” have reduced the effectiveness of our strategy “

On March 30, the governor of South Kivu appointed him president and vice chairman of two official bodies set up to organize the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the province.

Dr Mukwege regrets the lack of available tests in the province and that preventive measures are not being followed. It takes “more than two weeks to get the results of the samples sent to (…) Kinshasa”, which represents “a major handicap to our strategy based on” test, identify, isolate and process “”.

Denis Mukwege also points to a series of problems that “have diminished the effectiveness of our strategy”: “a loosening of preventive measures by our population, a denial of realities, the impossibility of implementing barrier measures, our porosity borders on the massive return of thousands of compatriots from neighboring countries without being quarantined. “

Finally, he condemns “organizational weaknesses and consistency between the various teams responsible for the response to the South Kivu pandemic”.

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Since March 10, DRK has declared 4,390 pollutants in Covid-19, including 3,980 in Kinshasa and 89 in South Kivu, for a total of 96 deaths.

In mid-April, Denis Mukwege appealed for “partial containment of people over 60” and “mandatory wearing of a mask for all” to break the corona virus transmission chain.

On May 9, the doctor called for “an emergency test before the outbreak of the epidemic exponential curve” of the virus.

With AFP