Berdymukhammedov personally holds a meeting devoted to combatting viral diseases

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov held a working session bringing together Deputy Prime Ministers, khyakims of the velayats and the capital and executives of military and law enforcement authorities along with member of the Extraordinary Commission for Combating Viral Diseases.

It appears that the event was organized in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus quickly spreading in China, which was also detected in other countries. However, official media outlets make no ?overage about the new virus and the outbreak of the disease.

The state information agency TDH reports that the issues pertaining to the prevention of the disease, improving healthcare and developing strategies to prevent the spread of contagious diseases were on the agenda at the meeting.

According to the President, with the view of improving health of the country's residents, a lot of emphasis is placed on the outreach and awareness raising campaign. In this connection the officials were charged with the task of organizing presentations in media outlets on a regular basis and conducting awareness raising campaigns to comply with hygiene requirements.

According to Berdymukhamedov, quoted by the news outlet, thanks to comprehensive measures Turkmenistan has built a reliable barrier against contagious diseases.

On 27 January, 2020 the state run media outlets reported that the laboratory located in the Centre for public catering and health is carrying out works in the areas of virology, bacteriology and parasitology to identify the sources of contagious diseases.

On 20 January, 2020 Turkmenistan introduced additional public health and disease control measures and intensified efforts to prevent the spread of viral diseases from overseas.

According to the latest reports, the number of fatalities related to coronavirus in China increased to 213. The number of those diagnosed with the virus amounts to over 9000 people.

Radio Azatlyk reports that the authorities of Ashgabat are conducting measures to prevent the spread of the virus: schools, kindergartens and hospitals are carrying out disinfection, including the use of folk medicine, for instance, smoking the premises with camel thorn.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan