YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Doctors of Armenian origin from all countries were invited to the 7th Congress of Armenian Doctors held July 16-18 in Lyons–France. The 20 member Armenian delegation included the Ministers of Health of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh–officials of the Ministries of Health–chief specialists as well as physicians specializing in different fields of medicine.
The congress aimed to coordinate the work and cooperation of doctors from Armenia–Karabakh and the Diaspora–the chief of the international relations department of the Ministry of Health–Hayk Grigorian told Noyan Tapan. Among issues discussed at the workshops were health care–pharmacology–stomatology–perinatology–epidemiology as well as topics related to rendering medical assistance to Karabakh.
The Armenian delegation presented the problems currently existing in the country’s public health sphere. In particular–the stress was laid on public health development programs and mutually advantageous cooperation. It was pointed out that the production of medicines–medical instrumen’s and equipment should become local.
Another important issue raised by the delegation was the issue of establishing a national school of public health managers. The third important problem discussed by the congress was the enhancement of the role of the Armenian Medical International Committee.
The AMIC–which has offices in almost all countries with a Diasporan Armenian population–and aims at coordinating and establishing relations between Armenian medical organizations of the world–committed itself to provide the information field in the public health sphere between Armenia–Karabakh and Diaspora.
Grigorian pointed out that their participation made it possible for Karabakh to present its problems to the Diaspora and reach an agreement on concrete assistance in the public health sphere.
Representatives of the Armenian Union of Medics of France are expected to arrive in Karabakh this September. At the request of the Minister of Health of Karabakh the issue of opening an office in Karabakh will be discussed in the Montreal-based office of the AMIC.
According to Grigorian–all information presented during the congress will be summed up in the AMIC’s report and concrete steps will be specified based on proposals made at the international congress.