Panic and anger in Iraq .. After the high prices of supplies to prevent Corona virus
The prices of gags increased in most of the provinces and cities of Iraq, in conjunction with the registration of neighboring Iran 8 deaths, while the competent authorities seek to curb the price.
A state of panic and anger prevailed, after news spread that a person was suspected to be infected with the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] virus in Dhi Qar Governorate, which led to a rise in prices of masks and some medical commodities throughout the country.
And Iraqi citizens expressed their concern about the procedures of the competent authorities with regard to checks at border crossings and airports, in light of the deterioration in health facilities, and the lack of necessary services.
They also criticized the absence of the supervisory role of government institutions on health prices, especially the masks which they themselves called for use as a precaution against disease.
As the panic worsened among Iraqis with the spread of the disease in neighboring Iran, health supplies in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] witnessed an unprecedented turnout in preparation for the prevention of the virus.
The Iraqis view their government's actions, with suspicion and fear, as they initially announced that flights with Iran had stopped, but the traffic continued naturally, which sparked criticism against the Ministry of Transport.
Iraq also lacks modern medical equipment with regard to examining arrivals, especially since there are 21 crossings between the two countries, which makes controlling them difficult.
The gags, one of the traditional supplies, to prevent the serious epidemic, registered a significant increase in their prices in the capital, Baghdad, and most other provinces, in addition to the Kurdistan region bordering Iran.
The Iraqi authorities decided to prevent entry of immigrants from Iran to Iraq for a period of 15 days, as well as to prevent Iraqis from traveling to Iran for a similar period.
The price of "cartoon muzzle" was 50 pieces, 3 thousand dinars, (two dollars), but it became 15 thousand dinars, and the price of the second quality doubled from one thousand to two thousand dinars, according to activists on social networking sites.
The price of medical supplies in general, such as disinfectants, masks and others, has increased, while citizens are demanding control of these prices, and that merchants should not be allowed to manipulate them, due to the crisis.
Activists on social networking sites monitored the price increase, saying, "In conjunction with calls to wear masks in schools and places as a preventive measure, the muzzle that was a thousand dinars has become 2000, and the packet was 2000 dinars, it has become 8,000, and sterilization was 3000 that has become 6000, inhumane and selfish He only thinks about his interest. "
The pharmacies of the Kurdistan region in the north of the country are also suffering from a scarcity of good quality masks, as most of the available quantities are exhausted, due to the heavy demand from citizens to buy them, which contributed to raising their prices.
For his part, Mohammed al-Musawi said that he was seeking today to buy masks, and found that their prices rose from two thousand to 10 thousand dinars and yet they do not exist. ".
Another said that in his city of Hilla, the price of gags increased from two thousand to seven thousand, while another questioned whether [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] be able to overcome the virus if it spread in light of the multiplying prices of medical supplies and the greed of merchants.
For his part, Commissioner of Human Rights Ali Al-Bayati confirmed that "cases of exploitation of the citizen's need for [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] virus prevention kits were monitored ," according to his tweet on Twitter.
He added, "In crises, countries and peoples need to join hands, not exploitation," calling on the authorities concerned to follow up on pharmacies to ensure that citizens are not exploited.
The Ministry of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , for its part, announced, on its website, that it is "closely following the issue of high prices and the monopoly of drugs and muzzles, and anyone who tries to cause a crisis will be held accountable by the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Health."
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