Polish cardiologists will help in Covid fight in Tanzania

Janiec-Palczewska said that Africans often suffer from heart disease, but they are rarely diagnosed and treated. Therefore, Redemptoris Missio has been organising voluntary trips for Polish cardiologists to Maganzo for five years now. Andrzej Lange/PAP

The Poznań, western Poland-based Redemptoris Missio foundation has sent three cardiologists to Tanzania to train local medical staff in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The foundation's head, Justyna Janiec-Palczewska, said on Saturday that the Polish doctors will help combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country whose government maintains there is no pandemic.

The official data on coronavirus cases comes from April last year and speaks only about over 500 infected. However, Janiec-Palczewska said, these statistics do not reflect the reality in the country where people are officially dying of 'pneumonia' and the government only recommends frequent washing of hands, a healthy diet and inhalations.

With funds obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Maganzo, Tanzania, an x-ray laboratory worth over EUR 77,000 was built in the country, where Polish medics will train local personnel to fight the pandemic.

Janiec-Palczewska said that Africans often suffer from heart disease, but they are rarely diagnosed and treated. Therefore, Redemptoris Missio has been organising voluntary trips for Polish cardiologists to Maganzo for five years now. Polish doctors have also created a special system of free-of-charge remote medical consultations for patients there.

Established in Poznań in 1992 on the initiative of physicians from the local medical university, the foundation organises visits of Polish doctors, nurses and medical students to mission countries, mainly in Africa.