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KRG grants 5 million IQD to families of healthcare workers died from COVID-19: official

Hospital workers in the Kurdistan Region (File)
2020-11-29

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SULAIMANI — Spokesperson for Erbil Health Directorate Bzhar Musa said on Sunday (November 29) that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has start paying five million Iraqi dinars ($4,190) to the families of healthcare workers who lost their lives to COVID-19 in the Kurdistan Region, the disease caused by coronavirus infection.

Musa told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) official media that the first phase of the distribution has begun and it will continue until the families of all the victims receive the money.  

Since the beginning of the year, Kurdistan Region’s people have been hardly hit by economic recession due to the coronavirus pandemic and outstanding disputes between the KRG and the Iraqi Government over the former’s share from the federal budget.

The KRG is falling behind in paying its public sector employees on time and in full for months. It failed to pay government workers at all in March, April, and June this year and disbursed a full salary in May. In July and August, it cut salaries by twenty-one percent. The last disbursement on October 15 was cut by eighteen percent.

Public servants at government offices and directorates have been on strike since the beginning of October to protest the government’s handling of the ongoing financial crisis, including teachers and healthcare workers.

On November 17, the KRG Ministry of Health said that it will temporary employ 500 healthcare workers, including nurses and anesthesia assistants, for six months to work in the centers for coronavirus treatment in the Kurdistan Region

According to the health ministry, there have been 96,201 officially-recorded cases of the coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. An official tally of 60,165 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and 3,132 have died from it as of Sunday.

(NRT Digital Media)