THE MINISTER OF HEALTH OF KAZAKHSTAN AZHAR GINIYAT, WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ERC MEETING, HELD MEETINGS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF A SEVERAL COUNTRIES
Today, as part of the 73rd meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Astana, Minister of Health Azhar Giniyat held a number of meetings with the heads of relevant departments in Ukraine, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Romania.
During the first meeting, A. Giniyat, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Sergei Dubrov thanked all Kazakhstanis for providing humanitarian assistance and for organizing such an event.
The Ukrainian side expressed interest in exchanging experience in advanced technologies, medicine, as well as the possibility of rehabilitating Ukrainian children in Kazakhstan.
The head of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan supported this initiative, noting the high level of children’s rehabilitation centers in the country.
Swedish Minister of Health Lena Hallengren, during a meeting with A. Giniyat, touched upon issues of financing the industry.
“Yesterday, during the presentation, a very impressive figure regarding primary health care was announced, and for Sweden this is a lesson, because our share of funding for primary health care is 20%. Here you are ahead of us and we really have a lot to learn from Kazakhstan,” said the Swedish minister.
“The development of primary health care is the main function of our strategy. We also invested more in hospitals and hospitals and saw that this would constantly require large investments from the budget. And then, 10 years ago, we decided for ourselves that we need to invest in prevention, in outpatient care and all expensive services, especially clinical diagnostic ones, are better provided at the outpatient level. And then severe hospital cases decrease. We are moving according to these indicators,” Azhar Giniyat explained in response.
The Swedish side expressed its readiness to provide support in the implementation of the project on rural healthcare, in the provision of oncological care, and the wider introduction of digital solutions.
“We have a large country, so we build medical organizations locally and use transport medicine. Mobile clinics, mobile mammographs, tomographs, CT scanners and so on, we are all developing this. And now we have focused on remote medicine, telemedicine, and we are also interested in finding out how this is being implemented in your country, getting to know your sites,” summed up the head of the Kazakh Ministry of Health.
During the meeting Azhar Giniyat with the Deputy Minister of Health of Turkey Tolga TOLUNAY, issues of bilateral cooperation in the development of primary health care and provision of support in the field of oncological care were discussed.
“Sometimes we face challenges, with unequal access to quality healthcare and education services. Financial support plays a key role in solving these problems. Primary health care is the most powerful tool in addressing these issues,” said the Vice Minister of Health of Turkey.
He expressed his readiness for close cooperation with Kazakhstan in these areas, noting that the ongoing 73rd session of the regional committee will bring positive results for all of us.
In turn, Health Minister Azhar Giniyat assured that Turkey is a brotherly country for Kazakhstan, and bilateral cooperation between the states will actively continue.
Next, the head of the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan discussed issues of training medical personnel with the heads of departments of Azerbaijan Musayev Teymur and Romania RAFILA
Alexandru. The parties agreed to exchange experience and cooperate in this direction.