Lack of specialists, funds main problem in outpatient care in Armenia

Lack of specialists, funds main problem in outpatient care in Armenia

YEREVAN, December 6. /ARKA/. Lack of specialists, particularly in Armenia’s regions, as well as of funds is the main problem in emergency care in Armenia, head of outpatient care policies of Armenia’s ministry of health Ruzanna Yuzbashyan said.

Outpatient care services are offered to population in out-patient clinics, dispensaries, maternity clinics and emergency, as well as by family doctors.

The country’s regions lack specialists as young doctors do not want to work outside the capital despite higher salary, Yusbashyan told a press conference Thursday.

The head of outpatient care also said the ministry is planning to carry out a screening program to examine population for non-infectious diseases. Such examinations will allow for early diagnosis of diseases and the required treatment, she said.

Director of “Emergency Care” closed joint stock company Taguhi Stepanyan said busy schedule is one of key problems at emergency care today.

“We are serving about 650 calls every day in Yerevan only, and there is a lack of teams often as people apply to Emergency not only in case of urgent need”, Stepanyan told Novosti-Armenia. For instance, aged people often call an emergency team due to lack of communication, she said.

Stepanyan also reported number of teams and emergency points will increase in future to ensure all calls are responded. There are currently 7 emergency centers with a total of 33 teams.

A pilot project to support emergency medical care services is scheduled for 2014 to develop human resources, to carry out training courses and to monitor the field. A special website on medical emergency will be created under the project. –0--

13:55 06.12.2013

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