Briefing on the Implementation of Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Health Care and Medical Industry and other institutions of Turkmenistan, the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in the country, the representatives of local and foreign media attended the meeting.
Ambassadors accredited in Turkmenistan with residence in third countries participated in the videoconference meeting. The capitals of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkey joined the briefing. Moreover, about 30 journalists from 18 countries registered online for the briefing.
This is the third briefing dedicated to the efforts taken in our country to improve the national health care system, and, in particular, to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in Turkmenistan. One of the main purposes of this platform is to promote the international initiatives of our country in health promotion.
The meeting participants focused on the significant areas of work in the fight against infectious diseases and strengthening the scientific and medical foundation of multilateral cooperation.
The assessment of the results of the 73rd World Health Assembly held May 18-19 was presented at the beginning of the briefing.
In the context of the development of international cooperation, the briefing participants emphasized that the initiatives put forward by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov were based on the principles and standards, set in the fundamental UN documents adopted over the past few months.
Based on these documents, on instruction of the President of Turkmenistan, the Government of our country in close cooperation with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, country offices of the UN Development Programme, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration and other international structures drafted the Plan for the Readiness to Counteract and Response to Acute Infectious Diseases of Turkmenistan.
As reported, during a session of the Cabinet of Ministers, the President of Turkmenistan approved this document and its implementation started in practice. In this regard, the Turkmen side expressed gratitude to all partners for the work done and the hope for their active participation in the practical implementation of the Plan.
Diplomats and journalists were informed that during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov approved the Programme for improving the work of preschool institutions in the field of early development and preparation of children for school for 2020-2025.
In the aspect of regional cooperation, when planning and implementing actions in the current conditions, Turkmenistan, first of all, builds up a solid coordination system, exchanges experience, means and methods of medical protection in the region with its neighbors. According to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, based on the stability and strength of local solutions, universal proposals and initiatives can be formulated.
It was noted that Turkmenistan respected the experience of other countries that have already created a solid base in the fight against the new threat and share valuable experience in overcoming the negative consequences of the pandemic. Our country is also ready to share its successful achievements in order to achieve the maximum degree of effectiveness in joint efforts with other states and international organizations.
According to the President of Turkmenistan it is crucial to create a universal platform to initiate a dialogue between medical scientists in the fight against new challenge. Turkmenistan, guided by this principle, has already launched the joint work and exchanged experience with representatives of the medical communities of Israel, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. Until the end of May and during June, it is planned to hold a series of videoconferences to discuss important issues of cooperation in the health care sphere.
In addition to bilateral exchanges, our country is actively working with the WHO headquarters, its regional office in Copenhagen and a representative office in Ashgabat. There are three main directions proposed by the Turkmen side for international scientific and medical interaction: cooperation in the field of etiology of the virus, determining the nature of its occurrence; the study of the manifestations of diseases caused by a new type of infection; joint search for methods and means of combating these diseases.
Particular attention should be paid to developing vaccines and other medications, treatment protocols, etc.
In general, Turkmenistan confirms its readiness and commitment for an active and constructive partnership with all interested parties in the widest range of areas in the fight against the pandemic.
The detailed information on the measures taken in Turkmenistan to respond to COVID-19 was presented at the briefing. This work is coordinated by the government anti-epidemic commission created on behalf of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. the interdepartmental emergency operations center for COVID-19 is functioning under the Ministry of Health and the Medical Industry. Similar structures work at regional levels.
As noted, sanitary and quarantine inspection has strengthened at the points of entry into Turkmenistan, the body temperature is remotely monitored for those who cross the border.
As is known, international air transportation of citizens has been temporarily suspended, restrictions have been introduced on the entry and exit of certain types of transport, including land, river and sea transport. Currently, only freight traffic is carried out at points of entry.
Persons accompanying goods, delivered by land, river and sea transport, when crossing the state border, are required to be placed on an observational regime for 14 days with an examination for COVID-19.
Special facilities for disinfection of automobile and railway transport have been erected and put into operation at existing points of entry; phytosanitary fumigation of imported fruits and vegetables is carried out if necessary.
In addition, the work and readiness of all medical institutions in the country, the availability of medicines and other medical products were evaluated. A reserve of the necessary medicines, disinfectants, personal protective equipment, etc. was created. Regular practical classes are conducted on the proper use of personal protective equipment and hygiene measures by employees of medical institutions and entry points.
At the same time, measures were taken on state sanitary supervision of various business facilities, including laboratory studies of environmental facilities, drinking water, food, air, soil, etc. Large-scale work has been launched on preventive disinfection in all organizations and institutions, in educational institutions, in public places, in retail outlets, in markets, vehicles, at the border and in settlements.
At present, explanatory work is being systematically carried out among the population, in educational institutions, in military units, at production enterprises to reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections. This topic is regularly reflected in media.
It was noted at the briefing that with the coordination of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the WHO country office in Turkmenistan provided support in providing information materials, recommendations, developing national guidelines for counteracting and containing the risks of possible importation of new coronavirus infections, and conducting training courses.
Turkmenistan will continue to carry out comprehensive preventive measures to counter COVID-19, taking into account the situation in the countries of the region and the world, maintaining the status of preventing the import of this virus into the country.
Speaking during the forum, Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, Natalya Drozd and Head of the WHO country office in Turkmenistan, Paulina Karwowska, as well as representatives of other international organizations expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for organizing such informative briefings and actively developing cooperation, including in the format of online meetings.
It was noted that the pandemic had significantly amended the global agenda and various spheres of life in most countries. Scientists around the world work on developing vaccine, and until it is created, preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains one of the most effective methods of combating the pandemic. Despite the current difficult situation in the world, Turkmenistan has not allowed the dangerous infection to enter its territory.
It was especially emphasized that it was achieved due to prompt systematic measures taken by the government of the country. The international community highly appreciated the active position of Turkmenistan in combating the pandemic, as well as the initiatives of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on cooperating in the health care sphere and mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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