G. Berdimuhamedov was assured of the ability to perform complex heart surgeries at the Maternal and Child Health Center

On May 18, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan (upper house of parliament) Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the Ashgabat Scientific and Clinical Center for Maternal and Child Health, the state information agency TDH reports .

TDH recalls that the 7-storey complex, opened in 2015, is the largest medical facility providing medical care (obviously, it means the largest in the country – HT note): it has 28 departments and is designed for 670 beds.

Minister of Health and Medical Industry Nurmukhammed Amannepesov , who accompanied Berdymukhammedov, reported that 220 children in Turkmenistan are currently in need of heart surgery. For the treatment of children with disorders and pathologies of the heart, the latest and most effective AORTIC products are used.

The publication notes that "all the necessary drugs for the treatment of children are available in sufficient quantities, and modern operating equipment allows for even the most complex manipulations, including minimally invasive endovascular interventions, which minimizes injuries and shortens postoperative rehabilitation."

Two weeks ago, the parents of a three-year-old girl published on the websites of independent information publications an appeal to the authorities of Turkmenistan with a request to let them out of the country for an operation on the child's heart. It was reported that Turkmen doctors offered to open the girl's chest, while foreign clinics offer a modern sparing technique, launching a special device through the artery, with which you can perform a small operation on the heart. Obviously, in this way the authorities show that Turkmen doctors can perform similar operations.

Berdimuhamedov Sr. noted the importance of "strengthening women's health", on which the health of a child depends.

The Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty visited various departments of the hospital and talked with the children and their parents. The children read poetry to him.

Berdimuhamedov Sr. said that $400,000 would be transferred from the Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Guardianship for the treatment of children at this Center. In addition, 150 Turkmen doctors will travel to Germany to improve their skills and exchange experience.

The ex-president instructed Amannepesov to modernize the work of family doctors, who play an important role in preventing diseases, and also discussed measures to prevent viral diseases with the official.

The minister, in turn, reported on the fulfillment of the instruction on the scientific study of the potential of the Archman sanatorium (its ex-president inspected on May 6) for the construction of another building for 400 beds, as well as on the readiness for commissioning a multidisciplinary hospital and an oncological clinic in Dashoguz.

In February 2019, the President signed a decree according to which the private enterprise Ajaýyp Gurlusyk will build a 450-bed hospital and a 150-bed oncology clinic in Dashoguz. It was ordered to start construction work in February 2019 and hand over the facilities with full readiness for operation in December 2021.

The Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty said that he would inform President Serdar Berdimuhamedov about the readiness of the Avaza tourist zone (he inspected it on May 5) and other sanatoriums for the summer holiday season ( it began on May 15 - approx. KhT ), as well as about the readiness to open a multidisciplinary clinic for 450 beds and an oncological dispensary for 150 beds in Dashoguz.

A few weeks ago, patients of this Center told the correspondents of "Chronicles of Turkmenistan" about extortions from doctors. Parents of children are forced to pay bribes for treatment and pay for medicines, syringes, cotton wool, bedding and hygiene products. Staff turnover was also reported. In particular, over the past year, four massage therapists left there, who considered the working conditions too difficult, and the wages were insufficient, even taking into account unofficial income, since a significant part of them had to be given to the management of the institution.

Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH