The Tunisian Prime Minister, Hisham Al-Mashichi, dismissed the Minister of Health, Fawzi Mahdi, the day before yesterday, after allowing all Tunisians over the age of 18 throughout the two days of the Eid Al-Adha holiday to receive the anti-Covid 19 vaccine, at the height of the outbreak of the Corona virus in the country, a decision Which led to great crowding in the 29 vaccination centers and the occurrence of a stampede in many of them and many disappointments due to the lack of sufficient number of doses, at a time when the country is witnessing an unprecedented rise in the number of injuries, and a rapid deterioration of health conditions due to the depletion of oxygen stocks in hospitals, and a severe shortage of many The medical staff and vacant beds in the resuscitation departments, which prompted in recent days a number of countries to send medical aid.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi, will become the acting minister of health, in a government that previously witnessed the withdrawal of many ministers, who were not succeeded by anyone due to a government reshuffle approved by Parliament, but is still suspended.
The Prime Minister, Hisham Al-Mashishi, stated, in statements carried by the French press agency yesterday, that he took the decision to dismiss the Minister of Health after he witnessed “mismanagement in the leadership of the Ministry of Health, which is rich in competencies and scientific and administrative references,” adding that catastrophic errors were recorded, and he said that “they became It continues, and threatens the health of Tunisians,” as he put it. Al-Mashichi considered that the decision to summon all Tunisians to receive vaccinations on the day of Eid al-Adha is a “populist decision”, describing it as “criminal”, especially as it threatens the health of Tunisians and civil peace; As he put it, expressing his apology to the Tunisians, who came to receive the vaccine, “but they were confronted with a great misorganization, which amounted to threatening civil peace and threatening the health of citizens in the open campaign.”
Al-Mashishi continued, explaining that the decision to dismiss the Minister of Health “was delayed on several occasions as a matter of responsibility, given the war that Tunisia is waging against the (Corona) epidemic,” stressing that in front of what happened in the vaccination centers; It “cannot continue,” according to his assessment.
For his part, the President of the Republic, Qais Saeed, said in a statement to Al-Arabiya channel that gathering Tunisians on Eid al-Adha to receive anti-Coronavirus vaccination “is a crime, with political ends behind it,” according to what the channel reported on its official page about the President of the Republic, Pointing out that the Military Health Department will manage the health crisis in the country.
For his part, the Minister of Health commented the article on his Facebook post, yesterday, on the decision to dismiss him from the Ministry of Health, saying: “I received news of my exemption like you through the media, after a friend alerted me to him by phone.”
Mahdi wrote in his blog: “The three decades of soldiering taught me that every mission has a beginning and an end, and that I do not lay down my weapon or leave my position except by handing over the custody to the one who will bear it after me.” He added: “I worked in the Ministry of Health with the mind of the minister, the morals of the doctor, and the honor of the soldier, and I did not allow politics and its fluctuations. To lure me, and how to lure me when I see daily its shifting sand swallowing people’s livelihood and their lives.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Current Party announced that it had submitted a criminal complaint to the Attorney General against the prime minister. And he said in a statement that he saw “this government’s recklessness and negligence in preventing the spread of the epidemic among citizens, its laxity in enforcing the law and applying health measures in accordance with epidemiological and scientific requirements, its intentional violation of the law by allowing the organization of partisan and sports demonstrations, and its failure to coordinate between the various concerned state structures, whether To ensure the supply of oxygen or vaccination.
The Democratic Current considered these “deliberate and repeated breaches to be a direct cause of the high number of injuries, loss of life, and harm to public health security and the interests of most social groups.” “He decided to file a criminal complaint with the Public Prosecutor at the Court of First Instance in Tunis against Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashichi, and anyone who will be uncovered by the search for failing to perform his duties, refraining from legal assistance in accordance with Chapter 143 of the Penal Code, and premeditated murder in accordance with the requirements of the chapter. (217) from the same magazine.