YEREVAN, August 30. / ARKA /. Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan attended today the groundbreaking ceremony for the Armenian Cancer Center of Excellence in Ajapnyak Yerevan district, the presidential pres office reported. It said the project is a joint effort of the government and private sector.
“Taking into consideration the fact that malignant tumor diseases and related mortality is growing annually all over the world and the fight against cancer is a serious medical, biological as well as social and economic problem for any country in the world, Armenia’s National Fund for Competitiveness together with the Ministries of Economy and Health developed a long-term program for the construction of the Armenian Cancer Center of Excellence,’ the press office said in a press release.
It said during the visit to the construction site, President Serzh Sargsyan was informed that the Armenian Cancer Center of Excellence will be providing radioisotope, radionuclide, radiology and lab diagnosis, radioisotope and radiotherapy, oncological inpatient and outpatient surgical services and high class services in the chemotherapy treatment.
The Center’s priority will be to satisfy demand for the diagnosis and treatment in Armenia of the cancer diseases in line with the international standards, creating the infrastructure which will allow to turn the institution into a regional medical center. The program is to be implemented in three stages: a short-term, a mid-term (up to 3 years) and a long-term (up to 5 years). During the short-term phase, it is envisaged to establish the production of radioisotopes, a laboratory for nuclear pharmacology, as well as a ultramodern molecular and radio diagnosis center. During the mid-term phase created will be the laboratory for the outpatient diagnosis, radio and chemotherapy and non-surgical services, and during the long-term phase there will be constructed the inpatient surgical center for up to 200 beds where the patients will be able to continue their chemo and radiotherapy. It is planned that later the treatment will also include the protonotherapy.
The Armenian Cancer Center of Excellence will provide ultramodern and precise diagnosis of cancer as well as various services related to the treatment and monitoring. At the same time, the Center will become an establishment for scientific research, professional training, innovations, and business. It will be based on Armenia’s traditional capabilities in the area of nuclear physics, contributing also to the training and retraining of the new generation of medical and technical personnel.
After the groundbreaking ceremony for the ultramodern medical center in Ajapniak, President Serzh Sargsyan in the same administrative community participated at the opening of over 1.7 hectare large newly created park located next to the intersection of Halabyan and Margaryan streets. The President walked down the areas of general use, observed the completed construction and beautification works, conditions on the sporting arena and other facilities created in the park, conversed with the citizens spending their leisure time here.
The leisure area has been created in accordance with the 2012 community development program of the Yerevan City Hall which put into use the pool which was inoperative for years and developed the adjacent once neglected area. -0-