By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired the extraordinary meeting of the cabinet here yesterday, a statement said.
Speaking with ministers via videoconference, President Ghani, while praying for the souls of the martyrs of the country’s defense and security forces, expressed his gratitude for the efforts of these forces in defending the country and ensuring the security of the citizens and instructed the first vice president and national security adviser to urgently asses the livelihood of the security and defense forces and take all necessary measures in this regard, the presidential palace statement added.
The President also thanked the leadership, staff and health personnel of the Ministry of Public Health, who, according to him, are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus, and called on the leadership of that ministry to treat those who are infected with the virus and give them special attention.
Referring to the increasing number of positive Coronavirus cases in the last two days, the president called on the relevant authorities, governors and municipalities to pay serious attention to the management of the distribution of essential materials, humanitarian aid and distribution of bread through bakeries.
The president also thanked the ministers of the Foreign Affairs, Industry and Commerce for agreeing with Pakistan to keep the ports of Torkham and Spin Boldak open for five days a week, and asked them to take necessary steps for opening of other ports, especially opening of the port of Gholam Khan.
He also thanked international donors and countries that have cooperated with the Afghan government in the fight against the coronavirus.
The cabinet meeting also issued the following resolutions: extending the lockdown until the end of the holy month of Ramadan, suspending passenger flights from Kabul to the provinces and vice versa; distributing aid simultaneously in the center and provinces of the country; amendment of the National Budget for fiscal year 1399 and approval of the plan and guidelines for hiring human resources of the Ministry of Public Health to fight the virus.
Similarly, the Cabinet welcomed the initiative of Kabul Medical University’s community College, for developing Ventilator and asked relevant organs to award them with appreciation certificates.
Meanwhile, the cabinet approved the report of the emergency committee’s actions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its recommendations.
The amendments to the national budget for the fiscal year 1399 were also approved. The Ministry of Finance, in cooperation with the Ministry of State for Parliamentary Affairs, was tasked with taking action according to the country’s situation and need during the process.
The Cabinet meeting also approved the request of the Ministry of Public Health to receive Global Living Sharing assistance from South Korea, including medical supplies, and to exempt the aforementioned items from taxing.
At the end of the cabinet meeting, the request to approve the transfer of the right to use 21 government lands in the country’s provinces to establish industrial and agricultural parks in Kandahar province, construction of airfields in Nimroz, Khost and Jawzjan provinces; creation of a sports stadium in Nangarhar province; Electric stations and construction of buildings for the courts and attorney offices were approved.