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OSCE assists Tajikistan with disinfectant and medical equipment

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Tajik Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence personnel unload disinfecting equipment donated by the OSCE in Dushanbe April 24. [OSCE]

DUSHANBE -- The Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) office in Dushanbe has handed over medical and disinfection equipment to Tajik government agencies to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

The Tajik government has not yet reported a case of the novel coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence received the assistance on April 21 and 24 in Dushanbe, respectively, the OSCE said in a statement Monday (April 27).

The items included ventilators, steam autoclaves, laboratory thermostats and a range of protective gear.

Protecting medics and volunteers

They are meant to strengthen the country's measures to prevent COVID-19. Intended recipients are front-line medical staff, emergency response groups and volunteers who all need protection to carry out their duties.

"The handover is the Office's contribution to maintain the operative capacity of the Health and Social Protection Ministry and the Emergency Committee during the COVID-19 crisis. These donations are part of the wider assistance we provide to our partners," said Valeriu Chiveri, head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe.

"It will allow the government to enhance their capacity to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 and to address related challenges, undertaking all necessary measures. This will create conditions allowing for the continued implementation of joint activities," he said.

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