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Fight against Covid-19: Algeria's Permanent Representative to UN presents Algerian experience

APS - 20 May 2020

NEW YORK (United Nations) - Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations in New York, presented Algeria's experience in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the Algerian government to contain the spread of the virus.

Taking part, as a panelist, in a meeting organized by the Permanent Mission of Kenya in New York, in collaboration with the United Nations on the theme "COVID-19 - global realities to turn the curve: policies and decisions for health, livelihoods and economic security," Ambassador Mimouni said that the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath had undermined national systems around the world, highlighting existing vulnerabilities but also opportunities to address current and future challenges.

Mimouni said that the Algerian government had, as soon as WHO announced the "international public health emergency" on 30 January 2020, put in place a national multisectoral preparedness and response plan to deal with the pandemic.

Thus, in addition to the adoption of measures to contain the spread of the virus, such as the imposition of a nationwide curfew, the closure of schools, universities, and places of worship and the restriction of work to essential workers, Algeria has allocated a budget of US$ 100 million to meet urgent needs and provide hospitals and medical staff with the necessary equipment, in terms of masks, beds, and fans. The government has also undertaken several actions to increase the local production of medical supplies to reduce its dependence on imported products.

In this regard, the Permanent Representative of Algeria highlighted the fact that the Algerian authorities had taken the necessary measures to stop exports and increase the production capacity of medical masks through an inclusive strategy involving various stakeholders which, coupled with imports, had enabled the authorities to guarantee the distribution of some 7 million masks per week to hospitals.

In this context, he said that public and private sector companies have been encouraged to increase their mask production capacity, which has led to the production of 500,000 masks per day.

On the other hand, Algeria has increased its production of hydro-alcoholic gel in record time to meet national needs, through exclusively local production units. Private companies and civil society associations have also built about 100 mobile disinfection passages, which have been installed mainly in front of hospitals and post offices.