WHO representative shares outcomes of mission in Turkmenistan

WHO representative shares outcomes of mission in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan remains the only country in the European region of the World Health Organization where no cases of diseases evolved from the COVID-19  were registered. According to Turkmen Foreign Ministry, this was stated by WHO's Senior Emergency Officer for Europe Dr. Catherine Smallwood at a briefing in Ashgabat.

A WHO mission of five experts came to Turkmenistan to assess the situation with coronavirus in the country. The public health experts visited various medical institutions, points of entry, public health centers and laboratories in the regions and in the capital of the country. They met with medical personnel and got acquainted with activities in the area of epidemiological surveillance.

"More detailed information on the work that was carried out in Turkmenistan will be presented in our report, which will be published soon," Smallwood said.

Meantime, Kyrgyz Health Ministry purchased 13  new ambulances, which were fully equipped with the necessary medical equipment for emergency care and transportation of patients. The vehicles will be distributed over seven regions of the country.

The number of positive coronavirus cases has sharply increased in Kyrgyzstan since mid-June. According to Kyrgyz Health Ministry, as of the morning of July 16, 521 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths were registered in the country. To date, there are 12,498 coronavirus cases in the country. The nationwide death toll now stands at 167. There is also an increase in cases of community-acquired pneumonia in the country. The disease killed 41 patients in Kyrgyzstan in the past 24 hours, including 21 in Bishkek and the rest in the regions of the country, the nationwide operative team said.

The re-introduction of quarantine measures has not led to a decline of infection rates in Uzbekistan. According to local media, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a conference call in this regard. He noted that Uzbekistan has all the reserves and capabilities to combat the novel coronavirus. President  Mirziyoyev also urged Uzbek residents to learn to live and work with current pandemic, stressing that this is everyone's responsibility. As of July 16, there are 14,581 COVID-19 cases and 71 coronavirus-linked deaths in Uzbekistan.

Five professors of the medical university in Tajikistan died from COVID-19, Rector of Tajik State Medical University Mahmadshoh Gulzoda said at the press briefing. Faculty members of the medical university additionally practice medicine in 37 clinics and 129 professors have served as physicians since the beginning of the pandemic. As of today, July 16, there are 6,695 COVID-19 cases and 56 coronavirus-linked deaths in Tajikistan. More than 5,000 coronavirus patients in the country reported to have recovered. Tajikstan is on the 87th place in the world for the number of coronavirus cases.



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