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IHCHR publishes statistical assessment of COVID-19 response

Graphic: A doctor stands in the corridor of Ibn Sina Hospital, Baghdad

The survey sought to identify areas to help the government health crisis cells improve their performance and provide better services to the community.

Monitoring teams from the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) in Baghdad and the governorates (or provinces) have assessed measures taken by health agencies and local crisis cells to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

For these assessments, the IHCHR adopted an international survey mechanism that includes 12 areas related to the right to health, including the speed of response to health crises and the treatment and preventive services provided to citizens within health centres, places of detention and prisons.

The assessment sought to evaluate and diagnose deficiencies and help the government's health crisis cells provide better services.

The IHCHR observed, since the emergence of COVID-19 cases and the launch of the campaign against the disease until the middle of this week, the following indicators:

1. Readiness and preparations for places of medical quarantine, providing them with the required medical supplies and emergency medical treatments: The assessment showed that 60% of the governorates were at an average level of performance, while others ranged between good (13%) and poor (27%).

2. Speed of conducting laboratory examinations for people who show symptoms of the disease: The assessment showed that 13% of the governorates were at a good level of performance, while others were average (47%) or poor (40%).

3. Preventive requirements for the medical staff working in the quarantine centers: The assessment showed that only 46% of the governorates were at good level of performance, while the rest were average (27%) and poor (27%), knowing this is one of the top priorities of the World Health Organization in facing the epidemic.

4. Humane treatment of the health personnel with the confirmed and suspected cases at health centers: The assessment showed that 60% of the governorates were at a good level of performance, while 6% of them were at a poor level.

5. Nature of the work of public and health staff at airports and border crossings: Unfortunately, they were not at the required level and the percentages did not exceed 27% for all governorates.

6. Health information and official releases on the latest developments and methods of prevention: The assessment showed that they were at an average performance in 47% of all governorates.

7. Role of health supervision (government and syndicates) on pharmacies and centers selling medical supplies: The assessment showed that it was very poor and we have not found any response in this regard. The questionnaire also showed poor oversight by 74% of governorates.

8. Health care in detention centers and prisons, with regard to educating inmates, addressing the problem of overcrowding, and the availability of medical measures: The assessment showed that it was poor in 60% of governorates.

9. Address the problem of social, civil and political gatherings: It has proven to be a failure across 80% of governates and just average (20%) in the remaining governates.

10. Role of civil defense in terms of sterilization and disinfection of streets and public places: The assessment showed that it was average (40%) in most governorates and ranged between poor (27%) and good (33%) in others, according to the capabilities available in those governorates.

11. Role of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in monitoring workplaces where foreign workers are located: The assessment showed that it was at poor levels (80%), which means relevant authorities must strengthen measures in this regard.

12. Extent of citizens' cooperation with medical personnel in medical centers and border crossings: The assessment showed that it was either at average (40%) or poor (40%) levels.

Whereas the IHCHR confirms its continuation in the performance of its duties set for it by the law in monitoring and evaluating government performance within the framework of basic constitutional rights and freedoms, the Commission calls on all concerned and abovementioned bodies to intensify their efforts and enhance coordination and cooperation and to complement their performance among themselves and with the IHCHR's monitoring teams, in a manner that guarantees citizen rights and achieves the public interest.

Date: 19 March 2020

Source: Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights


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