ALGIERS-President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Sunday ordered the allocation of US100 millions to the import of pharmaceutical products, personal protective equipment (PPE) and chemical analysis equipment under the measures to prevent the propagation of the new cornavirus (Covid-19).

During the periodic meeting of the Council of Ministers, the President of the Republic ordered the allotment of US$ 100 million to the import of all pharmaceutical products in sufficient quantities, and even more protective equipment and chemical analysis (testing) equipment, with the involvement of our diplomatic missions in the search for their exporters throughout the world.

In this respect, he called for “giving absolute priority in their distribution to the medical and paramedical corps and health auxiliaries who are in direct daily contact with contaminated cases.”

This amount will be in added to the budget pledged for this purpose by the International Monetary Fund (US$100 million) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (US$32 million).

As part of the fight against the spread of Covid-19, President Tebboune also urged all state institutions and their services to “increase the level of vigilance and alert to the maximum and to ensure that their actions are permanently coordinated so that citizens are reassured”.

President Tebboune said that “any slackening would imperil human lives and expand the area of the pandemic.”

He also stressed the citizen’s primary responsibility to show discipline and comply with preventive measures, calling for dealing strongly with those who breach these instructions.

In a presentation on coronavirus pandemic situation in Algeria during the Council of the Ministers meeting, the minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform outlined the measures taken to stop the pandemic and shield the citizens, “by strengthening health control measures in land, sea and air border posts, and by maintaining the national pharmaceuticals stockpile.”

The presentation also included the measures taken to prepare venues for quarantine, in hotels, tourist vehicles, economic spaces and others, as well as to combat speculators who take advantage of the citizens’ panic, cause goods scarcity and hike prices.

Algeria possesses 82,716 hospital beds, of which 2,500 beds in 64 infectious disease wards are used in the treatment of the contaminated patients, 247 internal medicine wards, 79 wards of lung diseases, and 100 units in other specialties, in addition to 24 intensive care unit comprising 460 beds.

In addition, the sector counts 5,787 artificial respiration and anesthesia-intensive care devices, distributed as follows: (3,333) artificial respiration devices, (2,390) devices for anesthesia-resuscitation and (64) ambulances equipped with artificial respiratory devices, he continued.

All these means will be made available to health facilities provided with nursing staff and medical means, added the Minister of Health.

la source: aps