YEREVAN, December 24. / ARKA /. Armenia’s National Institute of Health presented today a concept of health development for 2014-2020.
According to the director of the Institute, Yerevan’s chief cardiologist Parunak Zelveyan, the main objectives of the concept are to design mechanisms for further development of healthcare, to reduce rates of diseases, disability and premature mortality, also to improve the quality of life and its expectancy.
"Our goal for the coming years is to create a healthy society and affordable medicine, aimed at the extension of life expectancy," he said.
He said the average life expectancy in Armenia is 74 years, which, compared with other countries in the region, is quite low.
He said the concept pays special attention to the health of the elderly people to comply with international trends. He also added that other priorities are maternal and child health and prevention of non-infectious diseases.
"The cause of some 50 percent of all deaths in the world are non-infectious diseases. Therefore, if we want to have a healthy society, we need to develop mechanisms and programs to prevent the growth of non-infectious diseases" he said.
According to the National Statistical Service, non-infectious diseases were responsible for over 16,000 deaths in the first nine months of this year. -0-