On May 19-20, 2020, the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, with support from WHO and the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan, held a distance learning training on the skills required to manage checkpoints in the face of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The training was aimed at educating on effective management of checkpoints from the perspective of the need to prevent COVID-19 from entering the territory of the state. Specialists from the border, customs, migration and sanitary-epidemiological services took part in the training. The participants were informed on the international medical-sanitary rules and the mechanism of their application during the entry to the country, as well as on the peculiarities of COVID-19 and the dangers it implies for the national healthcare systems. The training addressed WHO's proposed actions to respond to the spread of COVID-19.
N. Drozd, head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, noted that the pandemic is a challenge for the entire global community, having an unprecedented impact on the medical system and economy, and limiting the spread is one of the most effective measures. Border guards, along with medics, are making a significant contribution by scrutinizing people and cargo entering the state. The training is intended to complement the measures taken by Turkmenistan's leadership to prevent the penetration of COVID-19.
The OSCE training course included a simulator of passenger medical examinations and the use of personal protective equipment at checkpoints.
No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Turkmenistan so far.