PAVLODAR – As Kazakhstan celebrated Medical Workers’ Day earlier in June, The Astana Times takes a look at the achievements of Katima Sultanova, her husband Tulegen Mussabekov and their family of medical professionals.Medical Workers’ Day is an opportunity for the public to express gratitude toward medical professionals who work to provide quality care. And Sultanova is one of those professionals who is noted for her work toward the formation and development of the National Scientific and Practical Center of Medical and Social Problems of Drug Abuse.
After graduating from Semipalatinsk State Medical Institute in 1974 with a specialty in medical business, she became a doctor-therapist as she worked her way from intern to deputy director of the Practical Center of Medical and Social Problems of Drug Abuse.
Sultanova is a respected medical and health professional who has received many memorable distinctions, commemorative medals and diplomas from the Ministry of Healthcare. Sultanova has also been proposed for leadership positions, including in the difficult transition period following Kazakhtan’s independence from the Soviet Union when she was elected Chairperson of the Association of Family Doctors of Pavlodar region.
Among her most noted achievements, however, has been the establishment of the centre. Sultanova she led the centre’s clinical unit and has inspired young medical professionals. Her husband Tulegen Mussabekov is a surgeon who is active in the field of abdominal surgery. The couple’s eldest son, Arman, is also a medical professional and head of the surgical department of the Pavlodar regional hospital Candidate of Medical Science. And daughter-in-law Zhannat is a psychotherapist and also holds a leadership position at the centre.
Katima Sultanova, Tulegen Mussabekov and their family are the type of medical professionals celebrated during Medical Workers’ Day.