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H.E. Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi chairs the meeting of the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety






June -29– 2020

His Excellency Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi chaired This Monday the meeting of the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety
His Excellency said at the beginning of the meeting: The challenge facing Iraq in the face of the Corona pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, which revealed the administrative mistakes that have accumulated over years of mismanagement, which increased the difficulties and pain.
His Excellency the Prime Minister confirmed that this challenge made us in front of one option, which is hard work, and dedication to confront and harness all potentials, to serve the injured, and to reduce the spread of the disease.
The following was decided during the meeting:
1-Approval of preparing the necessary financial allocations for the Ministry of Health, through transfers, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Financial Management Law (6 of 2019).
2- observed the medical staff's need of the Ministry of Health, through appointment or contract, provided that their salaries or wages are secured through transportation, based on the provisions of Article (25) of the Federal Financial Management Law (6 of 2019).
3- the Legal Department of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers prepare a draft law that includes granting deceased medical and health professionals as a result of facing (Corona Virus pandemic) a retirement pension equal to the last salary and allocations they receive.
4- Allowing some of the accredited private laboratories to conduct examinations for the detection of (Coronavirus pandemic), in a manner that ensures examining the largest possible number of citizens, according to strict criteria set by the Ministry of Health in coordination with the Council of Advisors.
5- Postponing the collection of the amounts of selling the (oxygen) bottles from the Ministry of Health until the financial situation of the Ministry improves.
6- The Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs to collaborate with the concerned parties in the countries that have announced the possibility of reaching the treatment of (Corona Virus pandemic), as well as negotiate for Iraq to obtain medicines and medical supplies, in a manner that guarantees to limit the number of deaths, according to the contexts approved by the Ministry of Health.
7- That the winning public companies and formations operating in the self-financing system provide the necessary support to the Ministry of Health in its efforts to confront the pandemic, provided that the sums to be provided from the aforementioned authorities by the public health directorates working in the governorates are used to purchase medicines, supplies, and medical materials directly.
8- Determination of partial curfew times from seven in the evening until six in the morning, in line with the increase in daylight hours.
9 - Operations leaders in Baghdad and the governorates are strictly responsible for applying the curfew procedures, and the leadership or the concerned party bears legal responsibility for any violations.
10- Agreeing to enter the substance (oxygen) from all border crossings.
11- Excluding workers in the Arab Company for Antibiotic Industries and Supplies (AKAI) from the measures to impose a curfew, to ensure continuity of production and to secure the country’s need for antibiotic preparations and bypassing the scarcity of medicine.
13- The Prime Minister directed that the Baghdad Municipality and the General Civil Defense Directorate carry out CLEANING AND SANITIZING OPERATIONS campaigns in Baghdad, including the areas that witnessed a high rate of infections.

Media Office of the Prime Minister
June -29- 2020