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The President of Turkmenistan holds working session on prevention of infectious diseases
21 Oct
The President of Turkmenistan holds working session on prevention of infectious diseases

On October 20, 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held working session with Chairman of Emergency Committee for Combating Spread of Diseases, Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry N. Amannepesov, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reports.

The issues of support of sanitary wealth, implementation of measures for control of spread and prevention of infectious diseases, further improvement of medical services to the population have been discussed.

Integrated work has been carried out to stop entering of infectious diseases entering the country. The Control Centre has been established in the structure of the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry and local control center in Turkmenabat.

Fulfilling the instructions of Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, quarantine control buildings for 80 patients have been built at Farab, Serakhs and Garabogaz border control checkpoints. Disinfection facilities with sanitizing and fumigation equipment designated for treatment of motor vehicles have been built at 9 border checkpoints (Garabogaz, Serhetyaka, Turkmenbashy and Etrek in Balkan Region, Kaahka and Serakhs in Ahal Region, Serhetabat in Mary Region, Ymamnazar and Farab in Lebap Region).

At present time, 19 laboratories for detection of infectious diseases by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method are open in the capital and regions. The laboratories are equipped with diagnostic equipment from South Korea, Switzerland, Germany and Turkey.

Medication to the amount of 10 million US dollars have been bought for provision of the population with medicine used for prevention of the virus infection.

In addition, 240,000 potions of seasonal flu vaccine have been delivered to the country. Vaccination of high risk citizens have been made and this work is continued. Production of face masks, protective and sanitizing equipment as well as protective suits for medical personnel has been arranged.

N. Amannepesov has assured the Head of the State that Turkmen medical personnel would put all efforts for solution of objectives for prevention of bringing and spread of infection in the country. The Minister has also asked to bless the opening of Bagabat Sanatorium and Gyoktepe District Infectious Disease Hospital, which have been built in Ahal Region.

Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that activity for strengthening of the health of Turkmenistan citizens is the most important component of socially oriented policy pursued by the government and includes number of objectives.

In this regard, the President noted importance of the Plan of procurement of vaccines and equipment for 2021 – 2025 immunization, which is implemented under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF on provision of procurement services singed on August 28, 2015.

Preventive measure including limitation of entry to the territory of the state, movement inside the country, wearing of masks, temporary closing of catering and service facilities, disinfection of large territories with special solution using aviation, opening of special control stations at border checkpoints as well as other necessary measures have had positive effect.

Having noted the importance of wearing medical masks, strict adherence to social distancing, hand sanitation, hygienic rules, control of body temperature and use of wild rue in sanitary and preventive measures, the Head of the State gave certain assignments on systematic awareness program in media, propaganda and education work for strict compliance with hygienic regulations to the Minister of Health Protection and Medical Industry.

The Head of the State has given specific assignments regarding organizational work for procurement of new qualitative vaccine against coronavirus infection made in different countries at present. The President has ordered to continue making medical masks, hygienic and disinfecting supplies, replenishing the stock.

Measures for medical checkups aimed at improvement of immunity of people, preventive vaccination of the population from seasonal flu, procurement of vaccine in necessary quantity were specified among important measures.

The Head of Turkmenistan has focused on the issue related to development of health protection system of the country, in particular, opening of specialized centers. New hospital with scientific and clinical physiological center, which is to become a leading treatment and preventive facility specialized in study of arid zone of the country, is among similar medical facilities.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has ordered the Minister to study matters related to health protection system facilities, which are under construction in the country, in details as well as to control the construction of medical facilities in Ahal, Balkan and Dashoguz Regions, to carry out organize work for construction of new complex of buildings of Education and Scientific Center of Mother and Child Health Protection of Myrat Garriyev State Medical University.

Having noted the importance of further reforms and improvement of legal base of health protection sphere and medical industry, the Head of Turkmenistan gave certaininstructions for development of drafts of new national programs.

Finishing working session, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished success in solution of set objectives to Turkmen medics and all who take care of the health of the citizens.