National News in Brief

Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev made a working visit to the Atyrau region March 19 where he saw the work of industrial and agricultural enterprises, met with the workforce and held a meeting on implementing President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s instructions from the Feb. 11 enlarged government session. At the meeting in the Atyrau refinery, the discussion centred on the progress of executing the Nurly Zhol programme and the previously-signed memoranda on job preservation, production stabilisation, employment and development of local content. Addressing the participants, Saparbayev stressed that “cooperation initiatives provided in the memoranda will allow us to neutralise today’s economic challenges.” He expressed confidence that the joint efforts of the government, business and trade unions will make it possible to prevent the decline of employment and provide significant support to businesses in difficult times. During the trip, Saparbayev also became acquainted with the development of the region’s agro-industrial complex and visited the Almaly Kus poultry farm, which has an annual capacity of 30 million eggs. Its commissioning at the end of 2014 significantly reduced the region’s demand for imported products.

Kazakh medical staff willing to receive the higher, first or second category in 2015 will need to demonstrate their emergency skills during the knowledge evaluation process, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Development. In order to receive the first and second category, doctors must demonstrate first aid skills in anaphylactic shock, acute coronary syndrome, sudden cardiac arrest and the ability to carry out basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation and assist with a foreign body in the upper respiratory tract. In order to receive the higher category, doctors with therapeutic, surgical, gynaecological, dental and other specialties must be able to interpret laboratory and instrumental indicators using clinical tasks and have the skills of the first and second category doctors. The ministry is continuing its work on evaluating the knowledge and practical skills for doctors, except managers. According to the results of the evaluation, examination materials for doctors wishing to raise their qualification category were reconsidered and improved in the second half of 2014. Claimants applying for the higher, first and second categories were evaluated by independent experts and medical doctors with higher-category status, science degrees and special education. The evaluation of doctors’ practical skills will contribute to improving the quality of medical aid.

“The Kazakhstan 2050 national movement has been collecting applications to employ youth within the Nurly Zhol programme and plans to involve about 5,000 people,” movement Board Member Mukhtar Mankeyev said at a March 16 Central Communication Services (CCS) media briefing. “We plan to cover approximately 5,000 young people. Our goal is to throw together an employer and a young man who wants to work and in the future, to monitor how it works,” said Mankeyev. He added that more than a thousand applications have been received from residents in rural areas. “We have initiated a project to promote the employment of rural youth at the facilities within the framework of the Nurly Zhol programme. There were preliminary talks with the government, in particular with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health and Social Development,” he said. Applications were accepted in Kazpost offices until March 26, then the list of candidates was considered by employment agencies. By March 30, the final list of young people who will work on the Nurly Zhol programme will be formed.

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