According to the decision adopted by the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, the secondary vocational medical school in the city of Arkadag, Ahal velayat, was named after Sachly Dursunova. The older generation of Turkmen citizens is well aware of the name of this outstanding woman, who left a bright mark in the medicine of Turkmenistan, a war veteran who was awarded many orders and medals.
Sachly Dursunova was one of the young doctors in the legendary graduation of 1941 when the war began. They received their diplomas the day after the start of the war, and on 25th of June in 1941, many graduates of the medical institute came to the military registration and enlistment office and applied with a request to send them to the front. Among the volunteers were not only guys, but also girls, including the young surgeon Sachly Dursunova. Yesterday's student was sent to one of the most difficult sectors - the Stalingrad Front and, together with the combatants, went all the way to East Prussia. During the war years, Sachly Dursunova performed hundreds of operations, saving the lives of soldiers and sometimes spending several days on her feet without sleep or rest.
Once near Koenigsberg, Sachly had to operate on a fighter - his fellow countryman. He was seriously wounded in the stomach, and the guy had little chance of survival, but Sachly decided to fight for his life to the end. She had the same blood group as the wounded man, and the doctor Dursunova ordered a transfusion, risking her own life.
Sachly Dursunova finished the war with the rank of captain of the medical service, after the war she worked in the healthcare system for many years. As a medical scientist, she made a significant contribution to the development of national epidemiology, parasitology, and the fight against infectious diseases. In the mid-1950s, the name of Sachly Dursunova was given to the Ashgabat Research Institute of Epidemiology and Hygiene.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper