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KRG health and interior ministers should be questioned for wrong decisions, says Sulaimani health official

KRG health minister Saman Barzinji (Left) and KRG interior minister Rebar Ahmed (File)
2020-06-01

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SULAIMANI — A senior official in Sulaimani’s health directorate said on Monday (June 1) that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should question the health and interior ministers over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak, given the surge in new cases.

“A number of wrong decisions were made earlier, which made people lose trust in the health directorates and [as a result] they did not abide by the [public health] guidelines,” Sulaimani General Health Directorate’s planning manager, Safin Rasul, told NRT Digital Media.

“The Council of Ministers should start questioning and seek reform from the health and interior ministers because people who make wrong decisions in a time like this place a heavy burden on the nation,” he continued.

“The [KRG] Ministry of Interior had minimal consultation with the health [directorate] and governor in Sulaimani and announcing success over coronavirus in Duhok and Erbil shows that the threat was not studied properly,” he added.

Unlike the arguments made by some opposition parties, Rasul’s criticisms appeared to be based on public health grounds.

According to the health ministry, there have been 714 cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. Four hundred and twenty patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and seven have died from it.

There have been more than 300 new cases over the last three weeks.

(NRT Digital Media)