Hassan Hamid Al-Baldawi : The Iraqi Ministry of Health acknowledged that the epidemiological situation in Iraq, as a result of the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, has become very worrying, and while the Iraqi Minister of Health, Hassan Al-Tamimi, suggested that Iraq is heading to a “difficult situation,” experts warned that the increase in The number of Coronavirus infections throughout Iraq may bring us back to square one.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health said in a press statement, , that “Out of its national responsibility and commitment to its tasks and duties under the applicable public health law, our epidemiological indicators issued by the epidemiological monitoring centers indicate that the epidemiological situation in Iraq has become very worrying, and the rates of infection and critical illnesses are on the rise. With the continued laxity in applying preventive precautions by citizens, governmental and non-governmental institutions.
He added that "controlling the epidemic is the responsibility of all of us and it does not belong to the Ministry of Health alone, and the honorable citizen is the main focal point in the success of the plans to control the epidemic. State institutions, private sector institutions, religious institutions, civil society organizations, tribal leaders and all segments of society bear the responsibility for the success of these plans." .
He continued: “Our supervisory health teams have repeatedly monitored, and unfortunately, the state of inaction and underestimation of preventive measures and health instructions on an ongoing basis, especially the low rates of wearing masks and physical distancing by citizens in most vital facilities and state institutions, but we see there is a clear determination by citizens to reduce From the importance of the data issued by the Ministry of Health about the seriousness of the epidemiological situation and the possibility of increasing infections to levels in which our health institutions may lose control over absorbing the number of patients and endanger the lives of many loved ones.
According to the statement, the ministry stressed the need to "implement preventive measures, especially wearing masks, and calls for considering it a national and moral duty, because moral and legal responsibility requires self-preservation, protecting others and not exposing them to danger by transmitting the virus and causing infection and disease without symptoms appearing in the person carrying the infection." .
He explained that “wearing masks, physical distancing, and persistence in washing and sterilizing hands are scientifically reliable preventive measures that ensure that the chain of infection spreads among people and the epidemic recedes. Studies and scientific evidence have proven that these measures are the shortest way to recede the epidemic, reduce deaths and restore economic life to its previous era, and it is more effective. Among the other health measures »calling on all citizens to« take the matter seriously, with great concern and moral and national responsibility due to the high risk of the epidemiological situation and the importance of applying preventive measures, especially wearing masks and physical distancing ».
And Abizaid: "We affirm that all ministries and governmental and non-governmental institutions must implement preventive measures strictly within institutions, and never allow employees and auditors to enter their institutions without wearing masks."
The statement revealed that «the ministry presented a package of proposed measures to the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety for discussion and approval at the next meeting. This package is initial and there are other proposals that include more stringent and firm measures if the epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate, God forbid in the event of continued complacency by citizens and institutions with the procedures. Preventive and lack of seriousness and firmness in applying them ».
According to the statement, the Ministry called on the health and monitoring authorities to "tighten supervision over restaurants, cafes, malls, parks and other facilities with human gatherings, and to take appropriate punitive measures against violators."
The statement called on the security and judicial authorities to "support the health authorities to enable them to perform their duties to follow up on the implementation of preventive measures and hold accountable those who are negligent." From entering all religious places without wearing a mask and applying the rules of spacing.
The statement added, "We reiterate our call to all media channels, civil society organizations, clerics and tribal leaders to intensify their awareness-raising activities to implement precautionary health measures.