President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus exchanged views on fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in a video conference meeting on Friday, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH) reports.
The head of the WHO expressed his sincere gratitude to the Turkmen President for his vast contribution to the joint efforts in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus infection in the world.
President Berdimuhamedov said comprehensive measures had been taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The Head of State underlined that Turkmenistan approved National Preparedness and Response Plan for Acute Infectious Disease on May 22, adding “the Plan identifies specific steps to further strengthen the material and technical base necessary for the diagnosis of infectious diseases, their treatment and prevention”.
Turkmenistan supported the WHO proposal for the creation of the COVID-19 Technology Access Platform (C-TAP), Turkmen President continued. This platform is considered as an opportunity to demonstrate the origin of COVID-19 infection, publish all the results of clinical trials, fair distribution and availability of scientific papers.
President Berdimuhamedov noted the importance of issue of mutation of the new coronavirus and the emergence of new strains of it, and suggested the WHO to prepare a special program for the study of the coronavirus genome.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also suggested the WHO regional office for Europe to consider the possibility of developing a regional method to combat lung inflammation and to consider the creation of a methodological center for the treatment and prevention of acute infectious diseases in the WHO structure.
The Turkmen President and the WHO Director-General expressed their readiness to expand cooperation and join efforts in the fight against new threats and challenges to public health.
Turkmenistan became a member of WHO in 1992 and adopted the State Health Program in 1995.