On 22 April, within the framework of a joint WHO-EU project for COVID-19 Crisis Response for Central Asian countries, WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan has handed around 10,000 laboratory PCR tests over to the virological laboratory of the Center for Public Health and Nutrition of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. The delivery was inaugurated by Dr. Tasnim Atatrah, the Acting WHO Representative in Turkmenistan, and Mr. Diego Ruiz Alonso, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Turkmenistan who also discussed future cooperation prospects with Mr. Azat Ovezov, the Director of the Center for Public Health and Nutrition.
"Development of the health sector plays a vital role for the development of the whole country. The European Union would like to ensure that through the projects that we fund, we ensure sustainability and overall improvement of the living standards of the people of Turkmenistan," stated Ambassador Diego Ruiz Alonso.
In turn, Mr. Ovezov noted that the Centre has already benefited from the cooperation with the EU-funded project, namely SARD III that helped to improve the lab testing system and introduced ten new tests for food products to certify the quality.
Central Asia COVID-19 Crisis Response Programme (CACCR) aims to strengthen public health emergency preparedness, coordination, detection and response to COVID-19. A €3 million regional project is financed by the European Union and implemented by the WHO in 2020-2022.