Help with finances for citizens

Manama: A string of relief measures aimed at easing the pressure on financially overburdened citizens were yesterday unveiled.

Instalments due for housing services with Eskan Bank have been postponed for a six-month period (until October), starting last month.

The reprieve was announced as His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting held via video conferencing.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, attended.

Rents from tenants and beneficiaries leasing shops owned by Eskan Bank have been suspended for three months starting April. The bank has also been directed to reconsider its budget for the current fiscal year and give priority to providing finance for around 700 housing schemes.

- The National Ambulance Service responded to around 23,000 emergencies on the basis of 70 notifications on an average every day. The statistics featured in a report submitted by the Interior Minister for the period from May 2019 until last month.

The report revealed that service personnel responded to the cases within one-and-a half minutes and reached the required destination within 11 minutes on average, which meets international standards.

- Ministries and public departments were instructed to submit follow-up reports on implementation of directives and initiatives aimed at combating Covid-19.

The session discussed the positive impact of the 14 initiatives featuring in the BD4.3 billion stimulus package and other support programmes in light of current critical global condition.

- The Cabinet also approved a parliamentary proposal to construct a maternity hospital in Riffa and urged the Supreme Council for Health to study the project in light of the new health insurance scheme and self-management of hospitals and health centres.




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