MoI deploys all resources to combat COVID-19 epidemic Apr 07, 2020 0 1296 12345 QNADohaThe Ministry of Interior (MoI) has mobilised all its resources and capabilities to protect society from coronavirus (COVID-19) by following-up on the implementation of precautionary measures and participating in community awareness campaigns.The concerned departments have been working to ensure that the people adhere to the safety guidelines.The Al-Najda Police Department (Al-Fazaa) and the Patrol and Traffic Investigation Department of the General Directorate of Traffic are playing a key role in this regard.Lt Col Nayef bin Faleh al Thani, Director of Al-Fazaa, said the Al-Najda Police Department plays a pivotal security role in tackling the spread of coronavirus. It has mobilised all its financial and human capabilities and strengthened its training activities and security patrols to cover various regions.“We are facing an exceptional situation that does not brook any kind of negligence. We have to stand firm to prevent the spread of the virus. Al-Fazaa Police have fully activated their capabilities, and officers and individuals have been trained to deal with the situations of coronavirus affected cases and with the public,” he said.In order to ensure the safety of people, the number of patrols has increased, he said, adding that patrols are deployed in all areas of the country to monitor compliance with the instructions issued by the competent authorities.He said the Al-Fazaa police are protecting all quarantine sites identified by the Ministry of Public Health to receive positive or suspected cases. These sites are fully secured to reduce the spread of the virus, he said, adding that they also have the task of securing the closed parts of the Industrial Area over 24 hours.Lt Col Nayef bin Faleh al Thani clarified that officers and police at the Al-Fazaa are aware of the dangers they face in the field. The patrols are not confined to following-up the procedures and decisions issued by the authorities concerned to limit the spread of the virus, but it also contributes to public awareness by providing advice and guidance to the public and deals firmly with anyone who violates relevant decisions that require quarantine whether in state-defined health facilities or in home quarantine.The Al-Fazaa Police have deployed checkpoints throughout the country with the aim of providing more protection to the community against the virus and to avoid the risk of infection to the members of the community.He said there is a complete cooperation between the Department and Hamad Medical Corporation and the field organisations, as the patrols are the first to respond to reports. The operation of patrols in the current crisis doesn’t affect its main duties in maintaining the security and stability of society. It has become fully operational and has increased the number of its field patrols, he added.He praised the strong response of citizens and residents to all the guidelines and advice for the protection against the spread of the virus. Assistant Director of Patrol and Traffic Investigation Department of the General Directorate of Traffic Lt Col Jabr Ali al Kubaisi said since the beginning of the crisis, the Patrol Department has provided round-the-clock support to all relevant departments of the Ministry of Interior such as the Al-Fazaa, the Capital Security Department and security departments in external areas and the Establishments and Authorities Security Department.Efforts to secure street and road traffic, advice and guidance to vehicle drivers were consolidated through the official-specified follow-up and inspection points, with the purpose of educating road users to stay in their homes to maintain their safety and support the state’s efforts in confronting this global pandemic.Accompanying buses and vehicles related to the crisis, such as buses from the airport to quarantine or from quarantine to hospitals, was another important duty of the Patrols, as well as supporting and participating in the patrols of Al-Fazaa and the Establishments Security, in securing roads and intersections going to and coming from the Industrial Area 1 to 32, as part of precaution against breaches of the relevant decisions.He said the duty of monitoring the hotels allocated for quarantine is distributed among the departments including Traffic Patrols, Establishments Security Department and Al-Fazaa. Cars and trucks are prevented from entering the surrounding area, except for those authorised by the security department such as food cars or logistics and ambulance support.Kubaisi said the decline in traffic in the streets and significant decline in the number of accidents is an indication of the commitment of citizens and residents to the precautionary measures and preventive decisions issued by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, and the effectiveness and impact of awareness brochures, which were distributed to motorists at the control points. 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