On April 20, Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg issued a decree to resolve issues related to the measles outbreak and to stop the spread and contamination of the disease that has killed 59 children in the last three months. The PM ordered Deputy Prime Minister and acting Health and Sports Minister Ts.Oyunbaatar to create an emergency workgroup under the State Emergency Commission to evaluate the conditions of measles outbreak throughout the nation and to organize activities to prevent spread. Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg ordered all district and province mayors to manage scheduled or requested at-home medical examinations by family clinic doctors and provide vaccination every Saturday for children under one years of age until July 1. The decree ordered employers to permit two hours of paid leave to female staff with infants until July 1 to enable parents to take care of their children and prevent their children from getting infected with measles. PM Ch.Saikhanbileg instructed Finance Minister B.Bolor and Ts.Oyunbaatar to allocate 982 million MNT from the state budget for decontamination, sanitization, fuel payments, and extra hour payments of hospital staff. He ordered State Secretary of the Minister of Health and Sports S.Lambaa to intensify financial, economic, and medical groups operating in response to measles. The working group was instructed to give weekly reports on the measles outbreak and effectiveness of prevention activities. Finance Minister B.Bolor and Minister of Population Development and Social Protection S.Erdene were assigned to discuss the allocation of 453.9 million MNT from the Health Insurance Fund for medication required to treat measles patients during the National Council of Social Insurance meeting.
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