Switzerland supports Tajikistan in preventing spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Local news, 16.03.2020

As part of joint efforts to strengthen the national capacity of Tajikistan in preparedness and response to the potential spread of COVID-19, the Government of Switzerland and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tajikistan distributed medical supplies to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan.

COVID-19 Poster
Poster on COVID-19 ©SCO Tajikistan, UNICEF

Among the supplies, worth $50,000 were 5,000 disposable gowns, 1,840 disposable coveralls, 10,000 sanitary gloves, 3,900 masks, 200 pairs of waterproof boots, and sanitizers.

 “Last week the World Health Organization has attributed the status of pandemic to the COVID-19 infection. All countries worldwide have to act immediately in order to contain the spread of this virus. Ministries of Health have a leading role in prevention and response to the disease. Switzerland wants to support the Tajik Government in this endeavor. The Tajik authorities have already taken measures to obtain the test kits, create stocks of drugs, sanitary and hygiene materials and food stocks. In such an emergency, it is not the sole responsibility of health workers or other authorities and institutions to fight the virus. All citizens have to be aware of their role and have to behave in accordance with the prevention guidelines. We can fight the virus if we act fast, adequately and jointly.” - noted the Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office (SSO) in Tajikistan, Ms. Walburga Roos.

“Frontline medical workers who are also parents and have children of their own are the real heroes in these circumstances and we are grateful to the Swiss Cooperation in supporting preparedness of the health system in Tajikistan to be adequately and sufficiently equipped to respond to the COVID 19 threat”-Mr. Luciano Calestini, Representative of UNICEF in Tajikistan

In addition, UNICEF and the SDC have developed informational materials on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These materials have been shared with the Ministry of Health and will be distributed in public places, institutions and on public transport throughout the country.

Taking into account the potential threat the virus poses to children and families – and although thus far, according to official Ministry of Health data, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Tajikistan –UNICEF and other development partners will continue to support the Tajik government in preparing and responding to the potential spread of the disease.

Fore more information, please contact:

Shuhratjon Sharipov

Communications Officer

UNICEF Tajikistan