29 June 2020 – Financial allocations for the Ministry of Health

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education, Health, Immigration, Private Sector and Businesses, Police and Interior Affairs, Social Services, Supply Chains, Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi

Overview: The office of the prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s announced the decisions of the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety:

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- Understand the medical staffs’ needs from the Ministry of Health 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 prepared a draft law that included granting deceased medical and health professionals as a result of facing (Corona Virus) a 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), 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-Postpone the payment of the sums for the sale of bottles (oxygen) from the Ministry of Health until the financial situation of the Ministry improves.

6-The Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs shall coordinate with the concerned parties in the countries that have announced the possibility of reaching the treatment of (Corona Virus), as well as to negotiate for Iraq to obtain medicines and medical supplies, in a manner that guarantees limiting the number of deaths, according to the contexts approved by the Ministry of Health.

7- The provision of the necessary support by public companies operating in the self-financing system 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 will be 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.

9- Operations leaders in Baghdad and the governorates are strictly responsible for strictly enforcing the curfew procedures, and the leadership or the concerned agency bears legal responsibility for any breaches.

10-Agreeing on the entry of 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 the continuity of production and to secure the country’s need for antibiotic preparations and bypassing the scarcity of the drug crisis.

12-The Prime Minister directed the Baghdad Municipality and the General Civil Defense Directorate to carry out sweeping campaigns in Baghdad, focusing on the areas that witnessed a high rate of virus cases.

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: Due to the rapid increase in the number of cases