Alexey Tsoy discusses measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

Alexey Tsoy discusses measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

The lockdown will remain on weekends in Kazakhstan, said Kazakh Health Minister Alexey Tsoy at a Government’s session. He spoke about certain restrictive measures to prevent coronavirus spread in the country.

“At the moment, the role of the society in following and supporting preventive measures is important in the fight against coronavirus. The World Health Organization opined that countries’ governments have to take an active leading role, while people must observe with restrictive measures, wear masks and not go to mass events. The WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that “This will not be the last pandemic. History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life”. Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland excluded Kazakhstan from the list of countries, upon returning from which it is necessary to observe with quarantine,” the minister noted.

Tsoy said that it is planned to additionally increase the capacity of laboratories to conduct 63,000 tests per day by the end of the year in order to prepare for the next wave of coronavirus. He also stressed that the seasonal rise in the incidence of acute viral respiratory infections and influenza is approaching. 

“The single distributor SK-Pharmacy LLP procured 2,199,990 doses of influenza vaccine for the current epidemiological season, which will cover 11 percent of the total population of the country,” Tsoy said. 

He said that the single distributor is currently procuring 44 items of drugs in demand worth 8.2 billion tenge (US$19.3 million) for the treatment of nearly 60,000 patients in hospitals. Tsoy emphasized that such a measure will create a reserve supply of medicines for the treatment of coronavirus infection. In addition, it is planned to purchase more than 1,000 ambulance vehicles by the end of November this year. 2,619 ventilators, including 1,500 domestically produced units, are also being additionally purchased for infectious diseases and provisional hospitals.