"The Prime Minister instructed all stakeholders to take the necessary measures, in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Republic and the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), to protect the health of all citizens and prevent the spread of the COVID-19virus", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
Several measures have been taken including "the strengthening of health control at maritime and air borders and access points, designation of hospitals and referral services and the medical management of all cases coming from countries affected by the virus,” said the source.
It was also decided to "set up a watchdog unit and a listening group of doctors and specialists in contagious diseases and the provision of a toll-free number (30-30) at the Ministry of Health, to respond to the questions and concerns of citizens.”
The PM also decided to ensure "a continuous provision of all drugs needed for the treatment of suspicious cases and to increase pharmaceutical product inventories, including prevention and protective supplies such as face masks and face shields and to encourage local producers to augment their production capacity to meet additional needs.”
In addition, the instructions also include “the implementation of a strategy to ensure the distribution and availability of the means of protection and prevention where necessary", as well as "the implementation of the control system in place to combat all forms of speculation on these products, in coordination with the services of the customs, trade and health,” said the ministry.
In addition, the ministry is responsible for "publishing a daily update on this epidemic in our country," said the source.
Finally, the Government urged media to "be professional and prudent in the treatment and dissemination of information by ensuring its veracity with the authorities" and called on citizens to "respect the basic rules of protection and prevention recommended by doctors in such cases.