Darbinian Claims Armenia as Medical Center in Caucasus

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The government has set itself to turn Armenia into a regional center of medical service and medicine," Prime Minister Armen Darbinian told a medical conference held late last week.

It is necessary to utilize both local potential and international experience to ensure that Armenia will become a medical center of the region–said Darbinian. He went on to say that the former ties with international centers had been lost over the past decade–and now one of the major factors challenging Armenia’s image of a medically advanced country is the absence of ties with international medical establishmen’s.

Darbinian expressed his concern over the state of medical service in provinces well behind that in the capital. "We must be able to ensure equally good service countrywide," the prime minister emphasized.

Darbinian called for greater specification of programs in the field of public health. He stressed the importance of cooperation among government officials and medical workers. There are numerous problems in the sphere that can be resolved through proper cooperation–Darbinian concluded.

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