By special decree, the government of Kazakhstan exempted all primary care physicians struggling with Coronovirus from taxes and social payments for the period from April 1 to October 1. In addition to the tax exemption on salaries, the Birgemiz Charity Fund (“Ensemble”) be considered exempt. The move adds to an already impressive list of anti-crisis measures taken by the Kazhak government to support “people in white coats” and their crucial role in the fight against COVID-19.
Kazakhstan was one of the first to actively engage in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus and has already achieved significant successes. Despite being a neighbor of China and sitting right in the center of the Eurasian landmass, there are hardly any infected citizens in the republic today, indicating that the country has tamed the pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this was the result of quarantine measures, the republic’s leading epidemiological response units and frontline doctors who contained the spread in the first few days. It should be noted that the experience of other countries was also taken into account and used as a model. This allowed Kazakh doctors to learn and adapt quickly, without making costly mistakes.
President Tokayev personally visited the new hospital in the city of Nur-Sultan, which was scrambled for two weeks amid the state of emergency in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. The total area of the new medical center is 7,000 square meters and the clinic has 200 beds equipped with modern equipment to ensure the safety of medical staff and patients.
The doctors expressed their gratitude to the president for his government’s support. They also raised the issue of increasing the salaries of doctors working in the fight against the disease.
“At the moment, we are taking stock of our budget. You have to understand that Kazakhstan’s markets have collapsed. We are not getting the revenue we were hoping for in the budget. But despite these difficult financial conditions, we will not ignore your request, ”said the president.