UNICEF Supports Government Efforts to Strengthen Infection Control
Ashgabat, 10 June- As part of the support to the implementation of the National Plan for Preparedness and Response to Acute Infectious Diseases, UNICEF recently delivered medical supplies to the Public Health and Nutrition Centre of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry.
UNICEF procured through its global Supply Division 17,000 biohazard bags and 15,000 safety boxes to strengthen effective infection control and manage waste safely as well as 2,000 child sphygmomanometers to equip pediatric intensive care units and departments.
Since the beginning of the response to the pandemic in early 2020, UNICEF and partners have assisted 153 countries and territories with critical supplies and financial/technical support; and reached 261 million children with vital health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene services.
“These essential supplies will allow frontline health workers to continue their daily tasks ensuring prevention of infection and safe waste management, thus assisting the country’s overall efforts to prevent the pandemic and carry out vaccination safely,” said Alexandru Nartea, UNICEF Deputy Representative. “UNICEF will continue working together with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in ensuring continuity of essential medical services.”
UNICEF will continue prioritizing its support to the government of Turkmenistan in ensuring continuity of critical services to children as part of its support to the implementation of the national preparedness and response plan as well as the socio-economic response plan to the acute infectious disease pandemic.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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