BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 15
By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:
Turkmenistan received a shipment of medicines from the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO/Europe), said Minister of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan Nurmuhammed Amannepesov, Trend reports with reference to Arzuw News information portal.
WHO/Europe experts have been working in Turkmenistan since July 6 at the request of the government, to support Turkmenistan in the aspects of preparedness and response to COVID-19.
The country has introduced mandatory wearing of masks in public places, as well as for drivers of vehicles.
Turkmenistan presented its program to fight infectious diseases to experts of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe).
The Turkmen side noted that the country follows the WHO recommendations and is currently implementing a program to ensure preparedness for countering and responding to infectious diseases, said the report.
In addition, Turkmenistan is currently working with UN agencies to develop a third national plan that covers the humanitarian component of the country's measures to combat COVID-19.
To the date, Turkmenistan has reported no coronavirus cases.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.
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