COVID-19 under control as total infections exceed 500,000: Iraqi health official

COVID-19 under control as total infections exceed 500,000: Iraqi health official
COVID-19 under control as total infections exceed 500,000: Iraqi health official
Baghdad, November 11th (IANS) Sayf al-Badr, spokesman for the Iraqi health ministry, said the COVID-19 pandemic in the country was under control and the ministry had plans to curb the increase in infections.

“So far, the health situation is under control and we reaffirm that citizens must comply with health protection measures,” said al-Badr in an interview with Xinhua on Tuesday.

The recovery rate of the coronavirus in Iraq is around 86 percent and the death rate is around 2 percent, according to reports from the Ministry of Health.

Iraqi officials believe that such rates are broadly acceptable with daily recoveries that are either greater than or equal to daily COVID-19 infections.

Over the past few months, the Iraqi Ministry of Health has pursued a multi-faceted anti-COVID-19 plan despite fragile health systems amid years of war, conflict and corruption that have severely damaged its health facilities.

The ministry has been working to increase the capacity of hospitals to provide more than 11,000 hospital beds and medical protocols to treat COVID-19 patients following the opening of several makeshift hospitals across the country.

She is also working to introduce the coronavirus vaccines after they have been approved by international health organizations, and seeks to make Iraq one of the first countries to receive such vaccines.

The ministry said Monday that since the disease broke out in February, 501,733 people have been infected with COVID-19 in the country, of whom 11,380 had died while 432,233 patients had recovered.

The Iraqi health official repeatedly attributed the increase in COVID-19 infections to public non-compliance with health instructions and increased testing capacity with the increase in laboratories in Baghdad and other provinces.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Iraqi Ministry of Health has struggled to increase its testing capacity. It has increased the number of laboratories to 70 and will open new laboratories in the coming days. In addition, health workers are trained to work in PCR laboratories.

The ministry also plans to raise health awareness by increasing the health programs broadcast on Iraqi health radio, which cover all Iraqi provinces.

Mohammed Ghanim Mahdi, director of the National Center of Teaching Laboratories in the Medical City, said the laboratory is well equipped and is participating in the ministry’s efforts to contain the pandemic.

The director said that work in the laboratory donated and built by China is continuing and “our situation is now stable and much better than it was five or six months ago in terms of preparing and delivering laboratory materials to detect coronavirus infection. ”

Mahdi commended China’s early medical aid to Iraq, including the efforts of the Chinese team of experts at the start of the pandemic, and said that “The Chinese team helped us set up and equip the PCR laboratory and we are still in constant contact with them stand (the Chinese experts). ”


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