National Assembly Takes up Healthcare

YEREVAN–Armenia’s Ministry of Health held hearings in the National Assembly on Wednesday on the current situation of Armenia’s healthcare system and the prospects for development and improvement.

Healthcare minister Norair Davidian said that providing quality medical assistance–preventive hygiene–security from epidemics–prenatal care–children’s healthcare–the efficient use of public funds–and providing medical assistance to society’s most vulnerable–are the Ministry’s top priorities.

President of the Medical Workers Union Edik Tumanian–complained during the hearings that medical workers’ rights in are not properly observed–and called for reforms. The vice-president of the National Academy of Sciences–Emil Grigorian also testified–calling for a system to consistently train Armenia’s doctors to keep abreast of medical advancemen’s.

The government’s decision to suspend the privatization of hospitals was also addressed. Healthcare Ministry officials said that the privatization process would be resumed after resolving problems and inefficiencies tied to privatization.

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