Turkmenistan improves maternal and child health care

Turkmenistan improves maternal and child health care

In Ashgabat, a training workshop on the training of national trainers in improving the quality of care for mothers and newborns was completed.

UNICEF experts from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Nabvera Helen Muhenje and Manasi Patil, familiarized employees of medical institutions of Turkmenistan with effective modern methods of serving mothers and newborns.

– Turkmenistan has defined for itself the goals that it wants to achieve in this area. We are here to offer our own methods and proposals of their implementation, – Dr. Nabvera Helen Muhenje said. – The country already has good data on reducing child mortality, and there are prospects for developing success in other areas.

During the training courses, the participants, together with experts from the UK, visited several specialized medical centers in Ashgabat, where they studied the quality control process on the spot.

– Turkmenistan has developed medical infrastructure and well equipped with medical units. There are qualified specialists in neonatology, pediatrics. In general, the basis for the development of medical services is very good, experts said.

As an exercise, experts suggested the project participants to present their Road Maps – an Action Plan to improve the quality of medical care in Turkmenistan for 2019-2020.

On the basis of these projects, during the next two years, the participants of this workshop will hold training seminars for other medical workers in the capital and regions of Turkmenistan.

The day before, in Ashgabat, as part of the WHO European Immunization Week in Turkmenistan, a seminar for media representatives on the importance of immunoprophylaxis of the population was held.

The main mission of the organizers – WHO and UNICEF – was to convince parents of importance and accessibility of vaccination of children in Turkmenistan. Many believe that if Turkmenistan is a polio-free country, then there is no need to inoculate it. However, it is necessary to do the vaccination so that Turkmenistan will keep to be a polio-free country.

At present, in Turkmenistan, children are vaccinated against 11 infections free of charge: diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, Hib infection and human papillomavirus in accordance with the National Vaccination Schedule.

Representatives of national media had a unique opportunity to visit a vaccine storage depot at Public Health and Nutrition Center of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.

As the representatives of the Center noted, today Turkmenistan is perfectly provided with vaccines. The country receives vaccines from the best manufacturers in the countries of Europe under a special agreement with UNICEF. In each region, there are refrigerators and freezers, diesel generators, which ensure the optimal temperature and storage conditions for vaccines.

Ayna BERDIYEVA