The World Well being Group has secured permission to conduct impartial sampling in formally coronavirus-free Turkmenistan, after expressing “critical concern” over rising pneumonia circumstances there, a WHO official stated.
A Saturday state tv report exhibiting a teleconference involving Turkmenistan’s chief Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made no point out of WHO concern over pneumonia circumstances or Berdymukhamedov’s pledge over sampling.
However Hans Kluge, the WHO’s Europe director, stated the United Nations well being physique had “expressed critical concern about (an increase) in #COVID19 unfavourable pneumonia” in Turkmenistan throughout the Friday name with Berdymukhamedov that he additionally participated in.
The WHO “urged for a @WHO workforce to pattern independently #COVID19 exams in-country & take to @WHO reference labs. President agreed,” Kluge tweeted on Friday, with out providing additional particulars.
A WHO mission visited the secretive gas-rich Central Asian state final month and suggested the nation to undertake measures together with contact tracing “as if Covid-19 have been already circulating” however stopped in need of saying that it thought the federal government was overlaying up coronavirus circumstances.
Turkmenistan has since applied a nationwide lockdown and warned residents to put on masks, citing “mud” and “pathogens” carried by wind, moderately than the virus.
State tv stated Berdymukhamedov had raised the difficulty of a “pneumonia of unknown etymology, which is quickly spreading in our (Central Asian) area” within the name with the WHO, with out saying if the pneumonia had reached Turkmenistan.
Berdymukhamedov even speculated that pneumonia circumstances within the area may very well be linked to a “new coronavirus.”
“I’m assured in the necessity to consolidate the efforts of states within the very close to future to accurately diagnose this illness underneath the patronage of the World Well being Group,” Berdymukhamedov was reported as saying.
Well being is a vital function of state propaganda in ex-Soviet Turkmenistan, which has additionally claimed prior to now to have zero circumstances of HIV/AIDS.
Omnipotent Berdymukhamedov, a 63-year-old former dentist and well being minister, is repeatedly proven biking and figuring out and has overseen a authorities clampdown on tobacco use.
The nation is repeatedly cited as among the many most repressive on the planet with no free press or impartial establishments to test the ability of Berdymukhamedov, who is called the Arkadag, or “protector.”