Turkmenistan marks World Hepatitis Day

On 28 July 2011, the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan and Medical Industry, in cooperation with the WHO Country Office, Turkmenistan, organized a round table discussion to commemorate the first World Hepatitis Day. Participants of the round table included leading specialists from the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan, Medical Industry, State Sanitary-Epidemiologic Service and the Central Administrative Department of Infectious Diseases.
The purpose of the event was to: 

  • attract attention to the situation related to viral hepatitis infections;
  • raise awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes;
  • advocate for accelerating efforts on strengthening prevention and coordinating a country response to hepatitis.

Special focus was given to preventing hepatitis in health care workers and TB-hepatitis B co-infection management. It was noted that despite some very notable achievements in hepatitis prevention, including high hepatitis B vaccination coverage, strengthening disease surveillance and national health care waste management programme needed to undertake more efforts to prevent and control viral hepatitis. Timely access to testing, care and effective treatments to delay disease development and prevent disability are of paramount importance. The problem will be subject to further study and research, including operational research aimed at receiving information on the scope of the situation in the country.