“It is necessary to be sure that the measures implemented so far to prevent and limit the spread of Covid-19 among the clients and employees of these institutions during the second wave of the disease have been appropriate, timely and effective, as well as how effective the MoW has been in the industry. I believe that it would be useful for the State Audit Office to be involved in the assessment of this situation, “Kariņš points out in the letter.
The Prime Minister calls on the State Audit Office to find an opportunity to evaluate the MoW’s progress in restricting Covid-19 so far, as well as to provide recommendations for improving its work.
Audits by the State Audit Office usually last for months.
It has already been reported that on Tuesday Kariņš issued a resolution instructing the MoW, the Ministries of Health and Environmental Protection and Regional Development to submit a coordinated action plan for immediate measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 in all long-term social care and social rehabilitation institutions by the end of the working week.
The New Conservative Party (JKP) said this week that if no significant improvement in Covid-19 restriction in nursing homes is observed in the next two weeks, the JKP is considering asking the prime minister to assess the resignation of Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča (KPV LV).
Although the Ministry of Welfare has repeatedly pointed out the critical situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes, JKP believes that no real improvements are visible and the situation in nursing homes continues to deteriorate. Therefore, it is necessary to assess Petraviča’s responsibility, says the party.
Covid-19 cases have been detected in a total of at least 80 social care institutions in Latvia this month, according to the data of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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