Public control becoming key factor in fight against COVID-19
MPs believe the fight against the virus should become a part of our everyday life
As a result of measures taken by the Azerbaijani government since the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the spread of the virus has been prevented. Of course, this is due to the implementation of all necessary measures to combat the infection. As a result of urgent measures, it has been possible to keep pandemic issues under strict control in our country, prevent the spread of the virus and protect people's lives to the maximum. It should be noted that the number of infections was minimized during the special quarantine regime, the death rate in our country was very low, and the number of recovered people sharply exceeded the number of the infected.
However, after the easing of the special quarantine regime and the lifting of strict restrictions, the number of new infections began to increase. Of course, one of the reasons for this is the human factor. At present, the effective fight against the pandemic depends on the behavior of citizens and a responsible approach to the issue, as well as the observance of the rules of quarantine by leaders of areas whose activities are allowed. The Operational Headquarters established under the Cabinet of Ministers has developed rules to protect against the virus in public places and catering establishments. Owners and citizens of these facilities must follow these rules and not abdicate their social responsibility.
Every citizen must strictly follow the existing sanitary and hygienic rules and requirements to protect themselves, their relatives and other members of society, and encourage others to be responsible. The easing of the quarantine regime does not mean that the threat has subsided. Therefore, everyone must be mobilized to fight the pandemic and and those who violate the rules of the quarantine regime.
Regardless of the results of the work done in the country in this area, the second phase of the fight against coronavirus has already begun in Azerbaijan. The statistics released every day suggest that citizens should be more responsible in the fight against the virus, follow the rules of sanitation and hygiene, and be convinced of the need to use protective equipment. Because the pandemic situation in the world, including Azerbaijan, still continues, and the lack of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19, as well as the lack of vaccines against the virus, the fight against the pandemic should become part of everyday life of every citizen.
President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly commented on these issues. At the videoconference held between the Azerbaijani President and the bank’s President Masatsugu Asakawa, Vice-President Shixin Chen and other executives of the ADB on the initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the head of state said that all efforts made during the pandemic were aimed at saving people, protecting their health and lives.
"Thanks to the timely measures taken by Azerbaijan, we have suffered minimal losses. According to the World Health Organization, Azerbaijan is an example in the fight against the pandemic. We have also allocated large sums of money. We have allocated more than 2 billion euros to support the pandemic-affected sectors of the economy, as well as the unemployed, the unemployed, the poor and even those involved in informal employment”, Aliyev said.
President Aliyev highlighted the fact that Azerbaijan is fighting informal employment and has taken serious measures to this end.
This year alone, more than 100,000 contracts have been signed between employees and companies. "However, we understand that these people suffer from this problem. For this reason, our economic growth was very low for 4 months, however, it was 0.2 per cent”, Aliyev added.
President Ilham Aliyev also recalled that Azerbaijan had supported 30 countries. "Azerbaijan is chairing two organizations - the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States and the Non-Aligned Movement. Last year we had a very successful summit, and Azerbaijan was unanimously elected chairman of this organization by 120 countries. Therefore, we thought it was our responsibility in front of the whole world to be a leader at this important time and to create a very important format of cooperation. Both summits were successful. I can tell you that we not only exchanged views on the fight against coronavirus, but also provided mutual support. Following the summit, a number of conferences were held with the participation of the relevant ministers of the member countries on very important issues related to joint efforts in the fight against coronavirus,” said the head of state.
The president also talked about the allocations made by Azerbaijan. "We were one of the first countries to allocate $ 5 million to the World Health Organization, and then, as chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, we allocated an additional $ 5 million. We have already covered 14 countries with the humanitarian support provided by Azerbaijan. This included financial, equipment and medical supplies. We will also support the 15 countries most in need through the World Health Organization. The agreement with the World Health Organization identifies these 15 countries. Therefore, during this period, Azerbaijan has supported almost 30 countries. I think this is our responsibility. Because countries and people should support each other in this difficult time," President Aliyev noted.
According to MP Rashad Mahmudov, today there are no concrete answers to questions related to the COVID-19. "As for the statistics, there is a contrast: a strict quarantine regime is applied when the number of infections is low, and the easing of the quarantine rules is applied when the number of infections is high. Let's approach the issue from a slightly different perspective. Once there were only 50 patients daily infected with the coronavirus in our country, the detection of 10 more patients a day meant an increase of 20 percent. Today, we must take into account the number of recovered people compared to a month and a half or two months ago,” he noted.
Mahmudov added that in the early days of the pandemic, it was about the size of the wave and the resistance to it. "Two months ago, both the world and our country were unprepared,” he said. "Serious quarantine measures were taken to prevent this wave without preparation, and as a result, the safety of citizens was ensured, and the relevant agencies were able to carry out their own preparations. As a result, today Azerbaijan has a special health plan. These include the opening of new treatment facilities and several modular hospitals in a short period of time. Today, the easing of quarantine conditions and the lifting of restrictions by the state in accordance with the rules recommended by the World Health Organization, not only from a medical point of view, but also for economic, social, psychological and many other issues, is a desirable way for both government and society. We can return to a life free from these problems as soon as possible. Science, logic, intellect, governments, and the World Health Organization are doing their best to succeed in the fight against the coronavirus, despite the huge economic and psychological impacts and losses they have suffered, and they will surely do it.”
MP Sadagat Valiyeva said that the Azerbaijani government is taking all necessary measures to combat the COVID-19. "As a result, it has been possible to keep pandemic under control in our country, prevent the spread of the virus and protect people's lives as much as possible. Undoubtedly, the number of infections was minimized during the special quarantine regime, the death rate in our country was very low, and the number of recovered people sharply exceeded the number of the infected,” she added.
Valiyeva noted that after the easing of the special quarantine regime and the lifting of strict bans, there was an increase in the number of new infection cases, and it was not possible to maintain the positive result. "Therefore, the effective fight against the pandemic today depends on the behavior of citizens and their responsible approach to the issue, as well as the observance of the rules of quarantine by leaders of areas whose activities are allowed. I think that today public control and public condemnation are of great importance. In this sense, everyone should be mobilized against disease control measures and those who violate the rules of the quarantine regime. As the pandemic continues, fighting the virus should become part of everyone's daily routine. Unfortunately, some of our people do not follow the rules of hygiene and don’t use masks in public transport, in crowded areas, thinking that the pandemic is over. If a person without a mask is sick, he can infect at least 60 people with the coronavirus. Those 60 people can infect at least 3,400 people a day. This, of course, may lead to the virus outbreak again and the re-introduction of a special quarantine regime in our country,” she said.