Number of Organ Transplant Operations Grows in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has taken comprehensive measures to develop domestic transplantation surgeries, which increase the number of organ transplants. For comparison, in 2009-2010 there were nine transplantations and in 2015 – 204.Number of Organ Transplant Operations Grows in Kazakhstan (Photo credit KazPravda.kz

“Only two technologies were introduced in 2011,four in 2010, seven in 2012, and 10 in 2015. These include operations for heart transplant, liver, artificial left ventricle, kidney, pancreas, bone marrow. Such medical services for Kazakh citizens used to be available only abroad,” according to a statement by the Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare.

The first heart transplant was performed in Kazakhstan in 2012. In total, 20 such operations were performed in 2015. In 2012, six patients had a liver transplant and in 2015 a total of 51 patients had the same procedure. Kidney transplants topped the list in 2010 withnine. In 2015, 204 were performed. There was only one bone marrow transplant in 2010 and in 2015 there were 44.

“Development of unique technologies shows that today it is possible to transplant all organs in Kazakhstan. A strong human, intellectual, scientific and resource potential and a good material and technical bases have been established to achieve such results,” the ministry noted.

Also, the number of patients treated with high-tech tools in the country increased five times since 2010.

“In this case, due to widespread introduction of new technologies since 2014, 30 high technology aid services (HTAS) were transferred into the category of specialised assistance. In 2010, some 10,690 patients received HTAS, in 2011 – 34,706, in 2012 – 41,747, in 2013 – 54,454, in 2014 – 46,391 and in 2015 – 55,975.”

HTAS medical care is provided to citizens when diseases require particularly complex diagnostic and treatment methodsand use of unique medical technologies. The introduction of the Unified National Health System in 2010 contributed to the development of high technologies in all regions, thus ensuring the availability of HTAS care for rural residents.

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