The GOVERNANCE of the health system with regard to COVID-19 relates to pandemic response plans and the steering of the health system to ensure its continued functioning. It includes emergency response mechanisms, as well as how information is being communicated, and the regulation of health service provision to patients affected by the virus.
A pandemic response plan was in place before the outbreak and it has been activated, although it has needed to be revisited as the plan was oriented towards an influenza pandemic. The Operational Headquarters for the national COVID-19 response is coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers, and was established on 27 February 2020. TABIB (Management Union of the Medical Territorial Unions) under the State Mandatory Health Insurance Agency manages all the hospital facilities in the countries, including those dedicated to COVID-19 response, while the Ministry of Health provides technical guidance and technical advice. Working groups within various ministries and at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan have been tasked with developing specific measures. In June 2020, part of TABIB’s authority was returned to the Ministry of Health. Thus, according to a new decision, the Ministry will provide outpatient, emergency and urgent medical care for COVID-19 patients at home. TABIB is in charge of inpatient treatment only.
In partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Health, State Agency on Mandatory
Health Insurance, TABIB, USAID, the British Embassy in Baku and the Republic of Korea, WHO is
implementing the Rapid Scale-up of Essential Capacities for COVID-19 (REACT-C19) project for
strengthening essential response capacities.
In July 2020, the Prime Minister convened an extended meeting of the Operational Headquarters. The Assistant to the President, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Head of the State Security Service, the Prosecutor General and the heads of executive authorities, prosecutors, internal affairs and state security of 77 cities and district attended the meeting. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of recording accurate statistics on the situation in the regions, monitoring the areas in which the infection is most common, and strengthening disinfection and waste disposal in hospitals reserved for patients with coronavirus.