The Minister of Health, Dr. Leah Tadesse, said in a press statement that the number of patients undergoing intensive care has been increasing day by day.
In the last 10 days alone, 149 of our people have died of the virus; For the first time, more than 450 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit.
She said the overcrowding in the wards was exacerbated by respiratory failure and lack of oxygen, adding that the lack of immunization was a matter of concern. Therefore, before the virus goes out of control, all stakeholders must work together.
It is important to take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus in various service providers, religious institutions and recreation centers.
The media is constantly informing the public about the current state of the virus; Institutions and leaders who do not follow the established procedures should expose the public, Dr. Leah said.
She said law enforcement agencies should also educate individuals who do not use the mask and institutions that do not comply with the rules.
She also clarified questions from journalists regarding the vaccine, which was launched last week. The vaccine is currently being given to health professionals and staff, and will be given to people over the age of 65, those with comorbidities who are more vulnerable due to their work, Dr. Leah said.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, have said that the vaccine is not linked to the vaccine and should be continued.
She said the arrival of the vaccine is a good opportunity, adding that it will take time to reach all sections of the society and that our focus should still be on prevention.