Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry discussed the precautions and measures taken by the country against COVID-19 and other acute infectious diseases.
Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov stressed that Turkmenistan is among the very few countries in the region to not have encountered Coronavirus, and said that this is also possible due to the country’s “advanced health care system.” He pointed that the country continues to have international cooperation in health industry.
Turkmenistan will be hosting a World Health Organisation (WHO) delegation in early July to review the current situation of combating the pandemic.
The experience gained by joint work with international agencies on prevention of respiratory diseases helped them formulate a “preparedness and response plan” for the pandemic, he said.
“The active position of international organizations in our country lets us to strengthen our cooperation not only on words, but also in actions.”
He also said that consolidating the joint efforts on countering the spread of infection is very crucial.
Minister of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan Nurmuhammed Amannepesov said that they, as well as the sanitary and epidemiological service are taking the necessary measures to prevent the import of Coronavirus into the country.
Representatives from international organisations and agencies, including the WHO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF and the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, also attended the briefing and appreciated Turkmenistan’s readiness to cooperate in fighting the pandemic.