YEREVAN, January 18. / ARKA /. Armenian defense minister Seyran Ohanian has fired the chief of the Military Medical Directorate of the Armenian Armed Forces, Colonel Artashes Parsadanyan, following reports of several non-combat deaths of conscripts at military hospitals from various diseases.
The latest was Armenak Mkrtchyan who died on Thursday morning from acute cardio-respiratory failure at the Central Military Hospital. He was preceded by Norayr Sahakyan who died last December in a military hospital.
Speaking at a news conference today the minister said prosecutors opened criminal investigations into both cases. Ohanian said also the people who are responsible for a traffic incident on January 16 that killed one serviceman, Arthur Gevorkian and wounded an officer, will also be punished. At the
same time, the minister said progress in the work of the military medical service is evident.
"A set of studies conducted in 2012 show that that the sickness rate in the army has dropped, mainly because of preventive measures,” he said. -0-