BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 15
By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:
World Health Organization (WHO) focused work on preparedness and control activities for COVID-19 in Turkmenistan, WHO told Trend.
According to the WHO, the organization: developed national guidelines on COVID-19, adjusted global recommendations to national context - which includes improving healthcare facilities, comprehensive guidance on Infection Prevention Control, epidemiological surveillance, contact tracing, food safety, home care, rehabilitation etc; delivered medical supplies such as oxygen concentrators, medical masks, respirators, face shields, protective goggles and personal protection gowns for distribution to medical facilities.
Additional medical equipment and supplies are expected to arrive to Turkmenistan in the nearest future, said WHO.
Furthermore WHO and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan have invested efforts to improve the country capacity for emergencies and in particular COVID-19.
“This resulted in 187 national doctors from central and regional level trained on clinical management and treatment of COVID-1; 188 national medical specialists from central and regional level trained on epidemiological surveillance, prevention and infection control, contact tracing, case investigation, using of personal protective equipment, and response to the COVID-19; 37 laboratory specialists trained on laboratory surveillance of COVID-19 to improve laboratory services and quality of testing; around 20 specialists from points of entries trained with the support of OSCE,” the message said.
The message also said that WHO is the leading UN agency in Turkmenistan for health work very closely with the Ministry of Health, national partners and other international and national organizations to improve health outcomes in the country.
“While Turkmenistan has not reported any confirmed COVID-19 cases to WHO to date, the country has activated measures to prevent the transmission of respiratory infections within communities, including at mass gatherings, markets, shops and on public transport,” said the WHO.