Kyrgyz President, PM mull virus crisis

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Bishkek: Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov held an online meeting with Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov.
According to the press service of the Kyrgyz president, the current epidemiological situation in the country and measures to further stabilize it were discussed.
PM Boronov noted that in recent days there has been a reduction in the number of new infections and deaths from coronavirus infection.
At the same time, active work is being done to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus outbreak in the country, to provide local hospitals with necessary medicines and medical equipment.
One of the lessons learned from the pandemic the prime minister named a shortage of medical personnel. In this regard, the Government is conducting an analysis to find ways to attract additional medical specialists to avoid a recurrence of such a situation in the future.
He also said that active work is continuing to prepare industries for the autumn-winter period.
The Kyrgyz president emphasized that despite the improving trend in the epidemiological situation, sanitary requirements should be fully met as before. The supply of medicines must be done in advance. Sooronbay Jeenbekov stressed the need to continue supporting farmers to increase exports of agricultural products to foreign markets. He also urged not to forget about the digital transformation of the country, especially in customs and tax areas.
Earlier, In another interview with Birinchi Radio station of the Public Broadcasting Corporation on Aug. 8, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov focused on national projects for regional development.
Jeenbekov noted he is familiar with the problems of villages: lack of money and opportunities for local authorities to create conditions for comfortable life in the regions and jobs, which makes people leave for big cities and regional centers of Kyrgyzstan, as well as to foreign countries.
“We always say that 70% of the population lives in rural areas. But in fact, many have left the villages. We must create conditions for them to return to their native village, or at least make sure that the younger generation, the youth stay there, can live and earn money on their native land. What should be done for this? It is necessary to direct the funds of the state for this purpose. Today, all opportunities of the state, the budget, funds such as the Kyrgyz-Russian Fund, as well as funds raised from outside go to the regions”, Jeenbekov stressed.
Another important project is to provide 822 villages in all regions of the country with clean water by 2024.