Disease-monitoring laboratory of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense opened

Disease-monitoring laboratory of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense opened
# 12 April 2011 11:57 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. A state-of-the-art disease-monitoring laboratory of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense was opened on April 12. Press service of the U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan told APA that U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, Director for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the US Department of Defense Kenneth Myers and Azerbaijani government officials participated in the opening ceremony.

The construction of the laboratory has been financed by the U.S. government within the framework of the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP).

Addressing the ceremony Matthew Bryza hailed the opening of the lab and called it a symbol of enhancement of the US-Azerbaijan cooperation.
“American and Azerbaijani senior officials and experts are working together to prevent the spread of the infectious diseases. We are going to further strengthen our cooperation in this field. The United States is ready to support its Azerbaijani partners to strengthen healthcare,” he said.

The embassy also said that as a result of the US-Azerbaijan cooperation, ten epidemiological monitoring stations had been built in Azerbaijan for the State Veterinary Service, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense. Over $ 1 million was spent on the construction of the Epidemiological Monitoring Station of the Ministry of Defense. This is the first laboratory opened within the framework of CBEP. After the CBEP labs are fully operational in Azerbaijan they will deliver the data about the diseases to the local and republic labs.

With the view of strengthening disease surveillance and diagnostic capability on the level of the country, region and districts, the United States is cooperating with the governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
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