The United Nations jointly with Turkmen Government and its international partners met to discuss the needs and joint action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce its social-economic impact in Turkmenistan, the UN said in its Thursday statement.
The event held in the UN office in Ashgabat on Thursday gathered representatives of several ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and Medical Industry, Finance and Economics, representatives of the United Nations and its divisions, and representatives of OSCE, EU delegation, USAID, EBRD, ADB and the World Bank.
In particular, the participants considered preventive measures to combat the spread of infectious diseases and strengthening the material and technical base, which in turn are in line with the state programs of Turkmenistan to protect the health and welfare of the population.
According to the UN, the event is a follow-up meeting to the presentation of the Country preparedness and response plan (CPRP) on COVID-19 held on March 31.
“The strategic goal of the plan is to prevent the importation of infection into the country and, if it appears in the country, interrupt further transmission and mitigate the social and economic consequences of the outbreak in the country,” said Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan.
The UN development partners informed on available financial and technical resources that could be provided to Turkmenistan within the implementation of CPRP.
The Head of Prevention Department of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry said during the meeting that the CPRP is a comprehensive plan and meets international standards.
According to World Health Organization’s data, Turkmenistan has no confirmed coronavirus cases.