"The outbreak of a new wave of coronavirus infection in many countries of the world cannot but cause concern," the President of Turkmenistan said, stressing that the Government is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary measures. This was stated by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov today during a working meeting with the Chairman of the Emergency Commission for combating the spread of diseases, Minister of health and medical industry Nurmuhammet Amannepesov.
The President of the country noted that Turkmenistan, as a state whose neutral status is recognized by the UN, always stands for the unity of countries, combining their efforts in the fight against modern challenges and threats, including those related to COVID-19.
"Being aware of the danger of a new global threat, we have launched a number of international initiatives aimed at combining joint efforts in preparing consolidated, mutually agreed solutions in the fight against coronavirus infection and continue to work in this direction," Berdimuhamedov said.
Among the preventive measures taken in connection with the spread of infectious diseases in the world is the creation of a stock of necessary medicines and personal protective equipment, the head of state noted.
Emphasizing the importance of preventive measures, the President of Turkmenistan gave the Minister relevant instructions on monitoring the epidemiological control of infectious diseases, and a detailed study of the situation in this area abroad. It was also instructed to intensify cooperation in this area with the United Nations structural units.
In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of the "plan for the purchase of vaccines and equipment for immunization for 2021-2025", implemented within the framework of the "Memorandum of understanding between the government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF on the provision of procurement services" signed on August 28, 2015.
According to the head of state, timely preventive measures, including restrictions on entry into the territory of the state, movement within the country, mask mode, temporary closure of public catering and services, treatment of large areas with disinfection solutions, the creation of special points at checkpoints, as well as other necessary measures, had a positive effect.
As Berdimuhamedov noted, with the beginning of the pandemic, we suggested, which has already been confirmed in world scientific circles, that viruses are spread not only by airborne droplets, but also by air-dust, which significantly increases the distance of infection.
The head of state, noting the importance of wearing medical masks, strict observance of social distance, hand disinfection, hygiene rules, body temperature control and the use of harmala for sanitary and preventive purposes, gave specific instructions to the head of the health sector to systematically organize speeches in the media and conduct explanatory, propaganda and educational events in order to strictly observe the rules of hygiene and cleanliness standards.
"Only constant monitoring of the situation, joint work of health care institutions, all structures involved in preventive measures and the population will help to maintain a stable situation and prevent the emergence of a dangerous infection in our country," the Turkmen leader stressed.
In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ordered to continue implementing a set of preventive measures to further protect our territory from the importation and spread of infectious diseases, and to hold regular meetings of the emergency Commission to combat the spread of diseases.
The head of state also gave specific instructions on how to conduct organizational work on the purchase of new high-quality vaccines against coronavirus infection, which are currently produced in various States, the State news Agency of Turkmenistan reports.