20th anniversary celebrations: World Health Day in Turkmenistan
As part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations for the National Health Programme, the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan and WHO/Europe organized a national conference in recognition of World Health Day 2015.
WHO and UNICEF experts on food safety, as well as representatives from various ministries and agencies, including the Turkmenistan Parliament (Mejlis), Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Affairs, State Veterinary Service, and representatives from the medical industry, met to discuss health safety issues in readiness for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will be hosted by Turkmenistan in 2017. Food safety is considered one of the high priority topics in preparation for this historic event.
The conference was followed by a meeting of the members of the Intersectoral Committee, which comprises 19 ministries and agencies and is led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan. The meeting included training on chemical food safety and methodology of toxicological studies on food safety for laboratory specialists.