Roaming medical trains provide care to more than 6,500 residents of remote regions

ASTANA – Approximately 6,500 residents in the Karagandy and Mangystau regions have received medical treatment from medical trains at more than 30 stations since the first train began operating April 11, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company’s press service reported May 16.

Photo credit: goodrail.kz

Photo credit: goodrail.kz

The trains are staffed by medical teams formed under the Densaulyk and Salamatty Kazakhstan programmes who have handled more than 31,000 medical visits, performed more than 33,000 diagnostic procedures and 133 small outpatient surgeries, including medical care for more than 1,500 children.

More than 400 women have been examined by a mammologist. Dental care was provided to 1,440 residents.

According to Yerbol Kengerbayev, Director of KTZ’s Fund for Social Projects Corporate Foundation, patients receive medical services, professional advice and directions for further treatment at the nearest medical centres free of charge.

“It is also important that we provide services to children, too. They receive the help of highly qualified doctors. Local residents are happy to meet our trains and children are happy, for whom we organise entertainment events at the time of the arrival of trains,” he said.

Kengerbaev also noted the doctors of the Densaulyk train had examined the Beineu station’s residents and servicemen. Medical examination, consultation and treatment were provided to the soldiers of the new call of border troops of one of the region’s military units.

The medical trains’ project is being implemented by the Fund for Social Projects Corporate Foundation, the Samruk-Kazyna Trust Fund for Social Projects Development, Kazpost, the Ministry of Healthcare and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan with the support of regional governmental bodies.

The Salamatty Kazakhstan medical train set off April 11 from the Karagandy station to the towns and villages of the central, northern and eastern regions of Kazakhstan. They will operate until Nov. 6. The Densaulyk medical train set off April 18 from the Almaty-1 station to southern and western regions of Kazakhstan. The trains will operate until Dec. 20.