Kazakh Health Ministry develops and adopts new sanitary rules
Kazakh Health Ministry worked out and adopted new sanitary rules on organization and implementation of preventive and anti-epidemic activities to prevent coronavirus and reduce the infection spread. This was reported by Kazakh Chief State Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Yesmagambetova at a briefing in the Central Communications Service. In accordance with the Article 425 of the Administrative Code, violators of the requirements will face a fine of 30 monthly calculation index (MCI) for individuals, which is 83,340 tenge (US$201.6) and up to 1,600 MCI for large business entities, which is almost 4.5 million tenge (nearly US$10,890).
644 monitoring groups created at the mayoral offices include representatives of executive bodies and police services and control the organization and implementation of quarantine measures in all regions. From July 5 until today, they checked more than 25,000 various properties, which continue to work during the quarantine. Violations were found in 3,000 of them, which is approximately 12 percent of the properties. Aizhan Yesmagambetova highlighted the fact that the monitoring groups did not prosecute all the violators in the first week of the quarantine, conducting mainly outreach.
“To date, the monitoring groups issued more than 16,000 recommendations during the raids pending corrective actions. 742 properties suspended the work by themselves. People basically do not wear masks and do not maintain social distance. There were also properties that were prohibited from operating during quarantine. Staff is not provided with masks and antiseptics, people still hold mass events that were banned since March,” she said.
Experts of health control centers also carry out unscheduled inspections. They visited 270 properties at the moment, finding violations almost in all of them. As a result of the inspections, 1,036 reports on administrative offenses were drawn up, 202 orders were issued and work of 23 business entities was suspended.
“457 office holders faced a fine of total 65 million tenge (US$157,290) for law violation identified during inspections and raids,” said Aizhan Yesmagambetova.
“I want to emphasize that to date those individuals violating the rules of the quarantine are also held administratively liable. 495 of them have faced a fine of total more than 20 million tenge (almost US$48,400) since July 5 mostly in Almaty city and Turkistan region. People basically do not wear masks in closed premises and transport and do not maintain distance between each other,” she added.
Mobile groups and police officers keep finding the places of mass events.
“Unfortunately, some citizens keep holding mass events, such as weddings, birthdays and other holidays with big crowds, despite the ban. Of course, this leads to a high risk of infection and spread of the disease. Because, we realize, people invite guests to any family celebrations not only from one region of Kazakhstan,” commented Aizhan Yesmagambetova.
Such violations were found in Almaty city as well as in Turkistan, Zhambyl, West Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions. All organizers of these events faced a fine.
Kazakh Deputy Interior Minister Alexey Kalaichidi informed that 537 violations of sale of medicines were found. 58 of them were prosecuted, and pre-trial investigations are underway, while for the rest – administrative proceedings. More than 70,000 packages of over 400 medicines, more than 500,000 masks, over 36,000 other various medical products were seized from illegal trade. Most counterfeit goods were seized in Shymkent, Almaty and Nur-Sultan cities as well as in Atyrau and Zhambyl regions.
“We found a 20-year-old resident of Nur-Sultan, who was selling medicines illegally via Instagram. 132 packages of ceftriaxone, prednisolone and other medications were seized,” said the minister.
In Kokshetau, a nurse from a local hospital was illegally selling medicines. In Almaty, three women were engaged in the wholesale of Chinese-made drugs. In Aktobe region, the illegal sale of medicines was established in one of the grocery stores.