Government’s health-related spending reaches MNT 37.6 billion

2020-03-31 15:11:42

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Since the government of Mongolia started taking actions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the country on January 30, the total spending for the health industry reached MNT 37.6 billion. 

As introduced at the press conference of March 27, Friday, where the Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh announced coronavirus economic rescue measures, the expenses include MNT 17 billion financed by government’s own funds and MNT 20.6 billion of financing from international soft loans and assistance. 

PM Khurelsukh said at the press conference that another MNT 159 billion will be approved for purchasing necessary medical supplies and protective equipment”. 

The government’s current healthcare-related spending of MNT 17 billion is comprised of MNT 9 billion for medical supplies and equipment, MNT 6.5 billion for disinfection and sanitation, MNT 1.5 billion to cover additional wages of healthcare providers, introduced Minister of Finance Ch.Khurelbaatar. 

The spending of MNT 20.6 billion financing of foreign loans and assistance are made up of MNT 4.2 billion from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) that was spent for 570 units of medical equipment, MNT 6 billion from the World Bank for purchasing 68 units of medical equipment and MNT 4.5 billion from the Republic of Korea spent for 16 units of equipment. Another MNT 6 billion sourced from international organizations were disbursed for procuring 8,800 test kits and 118,000 units of personal protective equipment.