Meeting on epidemiological situation held in Almaty

Today in Almaty Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yeraly Tugzhanov chaired a meeting on the epidemiological situation.

The meeting was attended by the heads of city and republican medical organizations stationed in Almaty. The main questions were related to the fight against COVID-19 and the development of the healthcare system. The issues of the current epidemiological situation and priority areas of work were commented on by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Kiyasov.

Deputy Akim of Almaty Yerzhan Babakumarov reported that the main focus of work at the present time remains measures to curb the spread of coronavirus infection. Today, the epidemiological situation in terms of CVI in the city is stable, the city is in the yellow zone. The decrease in the incidence rate is due to an increase in vaccination coverage of the population with the formation of herd immunity at the level of 55% (996,486 people vaccinated with the first component, the second component – more than 930 thousand). Now the city akimat is working to further increase the rate of vaccination. Today, there are 137 vaccination points in medical organizations, schools, cultural and sports facilities, markets and the city's shopping and entertainment center. At the same time, adherence to the cold chain regime is strictly monitored at vaccination points, which affects the effectiveness of the vaccine. At the same time, preparations are being made to receive the Pfizer vaccine: places have been prepared for the installation of freezers, algorithms for logistics and vaccine storage have been worked out, responsible persons have been identified at each stage, and medical personnel are being trained.

The city continues to monitor compliance with restrictive measures to prevent the spread of infection. There are 40 monitoring groups in Almaty, since the beginning of the year, more than 44 thousand objects have been checked, 4,297 objects with violations of quarantine measures have been identified, materials concerning 78 persistent violators of quarantine have been submitted to the court.

Under special control – safety and prevention of infection in schools in the city. 100% of the teachers of the subject contingent are vaccinated. The program Healthy Schools is being implemented with the active introduction of modern Ashyq technologies, due to which there is a decrease in the incidence of diseases among schoolchildren.

At the same time, taking into account the forecast of morbidity by the end of the year, as well as against the background of an increase in infection in a number of other countries, preparatory work was carried out to readiness of beds, to ensure the necessary stock of medicines and medical devices from 68 products until May 2022. The monitoring of the daily sales volume and balances is carried out in 375 pharmacies for each of the most popular types of drugs, as well as in the city's warehouses.

After listening to the reports, Yeraly Tugzhanov noted that the epidemiological situation in the city is stable – since October 24, the metropolis has been in the yellow zone, over the past 2 weeks, the incidence has decreased by 1.5 times, mortality – by 1.6 times. The Deputy Prime Minister instructed the leadership of the city akimat to increase vaccination coverage against COVID-19 and seasonal flu. The attention of the rectors of universities was drawn to the need to strengthen the work on vaccination of students, tk. today, the coverage of students with vaccinations in the universities of the metropolis is 57%. This issue is important to ensure a safe educational process.

In conclusion, Deputy Prime Minister Yeraly Tugzhanov emphasized that Almaty is the largest metropolis in the country, therefore, the development of the healthcare system, the epidemiological situation, as well as immunization of the population should be under strict control of the leadership of local executive bodies.

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