Astana, Kazakhstan, Sept.25
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Issues of epidemiological security in Kazakhstan will be discussed at a meeting of the Security Council, the president's press service said Sept.24.
"A meeting of the Expert Council under the Security Council took place Sept.24, which was attended by heads of state agencies, the heads of the sanitary-epidemiological and veterinary services, as well as experts of relevant Kazakh research institutes," the statement said.
During the discussion, the Secretary of State Adilbek Zhaksybekov underlined the importance of preventive and protective measures to strengthen biosecurity of Kazakhstan in terms of growth of non-traditional epidemiological challenges and threats from the outside.
"The experts expressed concern about the growth of the sanitary-epidemiological risks in Central Asia," the statement said. "It was noted that the outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases and viruses (Ebola, measles epidemic, tuberculosis, plague, etc.) pose a threat to human health and the stability of the economy of Kazakhstan."
It is noted that measures of state support of the development of the sanitary-epidemiological and veterinary services in Kazakhstan, as well as the prospects for international cooperation in this field were also discussed. Secretary of State noted the need to strengthen public policy, modernization of infrastructure of national sanitary-epidemiological and veterinary services, improving mechanisms for interagency cooperation in protecting the life and health of citizens.
"On the results of the work the advisory council gave instructions to the relevant state authorities," the press service stated. "The issue will be submitted to the next meeting of the Security Council."