ASTANA – The Kazakh government plans to build two university hospitals using public-private partnerships, Minister of the Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov announced during a recent government meeting.
The construction of a hospital with 300 beds will be linked to Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medicine University (KazNMU) and an integrated clinic in Almaty will involve Karaganda Medicine University.
“Three projects on creating university hospitals are in the process. We received positive economic expertise and developed the draft of a tender documentation in Almaty. The issue to attract the resources of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is being worked out. We developed the documentation with Asian Development Bank on the University Hospital in Karaganda,” he said.
The integrated hospital is a promising project to create a leading multidisciplinary research centre. It is planned to unite five leading scientific centres to establish a university hospital in Almaty.
“The project on building an integrated hospital is going through economical expertise in the Ministry of National Economy. It is called for in the stateof-the-nation address of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to establish a university hospital with 1,265 beds in Almaty city,” added Birtanov.
Approximately 175 health related projects in the country, totaling 33.7 billion tenge (US$102.6 million) are funded by public-private partnerships, including 50 in the advanced stages of development.
“This year 15 contracts were signed in six regions of the state. The projects provide for the construction and operation of medical ambulance stations, clinics, hospital departments and required equipment. West Kazakhstan region has signed two contracts, the Karaganda region has six, Kyzylorda region – three, for the Mangistau, Pavlodar and North Kazakhstan regions one project each,” concluded the Minister of Healthcare.
The first Kazakh university hospital was KazNMU hospital on internal diseases built in 2012 in Almaty.
University hospitals have become the centre of medical discoveries and innovations in Europe. The education system of medical universities is based on the university hospitals model from the 19th century. The education process consists of scientific research, development and implementation of new medical technologies.