Minister of Health Calls for Improvement of Healthcare

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "There are a lot of problems in the medical sphere thatch need to be solved. Medical education and science are most vulnerable in market conditions," Minister of Health Haik Nikoghossian said at a news conference covering the tasks of and prospects for developing the medical sphere.

He pointed out that one of the key problems is to overcome the consequences of the break-off of both internal and external academic ties. "We haven’t found partners for the last ten years with some exceptions," the minister said. He pointed out the priority of restoring the academic ties with Russia where medical personnel from Armenian was trained.

The minister pointed out that the age qualification of the medical personnel and–therefore–the problem of new personnel are of special concern. The average age of Doctors of medicine is 61–that of Candidate of medicine–51.

The thorough training of specialists in different branches of medicine has become inaccessible for most of those willing. Armenia partly adopted the experience of foreign countries where such training is free. He asked for assistance to be rendered to young specialists in the matter.

He said that stricter medical education requiremen’s should be set–taking into account the existence of private unlicensed institutions of higher education.

The minister addressed the prospects for developing medical science and education. Another priority is the establishment of a special medical center that would be engaged in finding funds abroad for developing medicine.

Special attention was paid to the level of theses. According to the minister–the moral atmosphere arouses concern–for there are undisguised conversations about paid services in preparing dissertations. Nikoghossian stressed the importance of setting higher requirement for dissertations.

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