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COVID-19 DOESN’T TAKE SIDES. NEITHER SHOULD WE.

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Covid 19 tarapkeslikDear friend,

We would like to provide you with an update about our ongoing work and exchanges to get clear information from the Ministry of Health in Turkmenistan concerning the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Over the last four months Saglyk.org has been regularly providing credible information about COVID-19 to the public in the Turkmen language. On February 28, 2020, we wrote a letter to Mr. Nurmuhammet Kakabayewich, the Minister of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan highlighting the questions from the public concerning COVID-19 in Turkmenistan. The letter explains how an absence of communication by the Ministry with the public affects each of us, our families, and our society. We proposed specific recommendations on how to improve communication with the public on the topic of COVID-19 here. We shared best practices in the region and offered to help. The Ministry has not reacted to our letter. We are grateful to those of you who showed their concern by sharing and "liking" the letter.

On May 11, 2020 we sent out another letter to Mr. Nurmuhammet Amannepesov, Minister of Health; Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe; Paulina Karwowska, WHO Representative and Head of Country Office and Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan. You can read the letter here. We made specific suggestions to the Ministry and international organizations in the country, which are getting ready for the WHO’s arrival of experts to the country.

On May 11, 2020, Ms. Elena Panova kindly offered to discuss the UN’s work in Turkmenistan in a call with her. On May 13, 2020 we had a long conversation with Ms. Panova. We are grateful to UN Turkmenistan for acknowledging the humanity of our concerns and requests. We have discussed the concerns expressed in the letter in details.

We understand that the European WHO mission of experts is still preparing for its trip to Turkmenistan. The preparation started on April 23, 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not going away or stops to accommodate anyone’s plans. Over the last week or so we keep hearing about unconfirmed reports of patients diagnosed with "atypical pneumonia" in Ashgabat. We are very worried that these are cases of COVID-19 and how they are being handled. The prospect of widespread panic in the face of the unknown as a result of this endured silence of the epidemiological situation in the country by authorities is much more worrying than knowing all the facts would be.

We hear that doctors and medical personnel are required to continue the practice of many years of procuring and buying their own masks. The hospitals do not provide them with masks or other personal protective equipment. This situation threatens the life of first responders and public health professionals. These are only a few examples of what we hear from the public.

We want to believe that there is no COVID-19 in our country but this requires transparent and consistent public messaging on the situation, regular testing and reporting. Simply stating that "there are no registered cases" is dangerous and misleading.

We are asking the Ministry to provide detailed information to the media and public addressing public’s concerns about their safety based on facts of science and not ideology.

We are asking the international organizations present in Turkmenistan not be complicit in practices that contradict science, logic, and reason. We are asking them to start producing and sharing not only policy pronouncements but regularly updated, and user-friendly information that can benefit the understanding of the situation by member of the public in the country. And we are asking you, the Turkmen public, to support this request because you deserve the truth.

Sincerely,
Saglyk

HOW TO SUPPORT THIS?

1. Share this letter with your network

2. Share it on social media, and

3. Call the Ministry COVID hotline: 73-95-35 and ask:

◉ What kind of COVID-19 tests are being used in the country?

◉ What are the number of tested cases?

◉ What is the hospital capacity in each welayat?

◉ How many people without symptoms haven been tested positive?

◉ What are the quarantine measures?

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