Albania’s State Supreme Audit (KLSH) found that delays in testing and contact tracing, and a lack of resources at the national level, led to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.
KLSH audited several key institutions, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and the Institute of Public Health. Shortcomings included citizens calling a COVID-19 Green Line or the family doctor multiple times before getting tested. This prevented timely isolation and facilitated the spread of the virus.
Other issues included a small number of testing teams, not conducting tests early enough or at all, staff shortages in labs, and minimal contact tracing guidelines.
These issues meant patients didn’t receive appropriate care at the right time, spread the virus, and overwhelmed the healthcare system. A lack of qualified staff and material resources in regional hospitals also made the situation worse.
(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)