Health Minister, NIHR President hold distance meeting

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Manama, Mar. 28 (BNA): The Minister of Health Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh and President of the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) Maria Khouri held a distance meeting during which they discussed procedures followed by the Ministry of Health in complying with human rights criteria while combating coronavirus (COVID-19) in isolation, quarantine and check-up places.


The Minister of Health presented a thorough explanation on places of isolation and quarantine, their capacity and the preemptive measures in this respect. She revealed that the capacity and the actual numbers indicate that there is no overcrowding in the isolation and quarantine places.


The NIHR President praised utter transparency and clarity in announcing the number of infected and recovered people, stressing the need to take into consideration human rights, like the right to health and personal freedom, in the places designated for isolation and quarantine.


The Minister of Health hailed a plan by the institution to pay field visits to the isolation and quarantine places as part of its monitoring role stipulated in the law of its establishment. Meetings will be held with the medical teams and some of the isolated and quarantined people to learn about their opinions regarding the procedures taken and the medical care provided to them.


NIHR commended the unrelenting humanitarian and national efforts spearheaded by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It praised success made through the National Taskforce to Combat COVID-19, calling on all people in Bahrain to adhere to the official regulations and directives issued by the national committee and allied parties. It also lauded the alternative and emergency schemes carried out by the government to guarantee provision of food and healthcare for all citizens and expats in the kingdom.