Articles by Marina Parkhomenko

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakh Research Institute Upgrades Eye Care at New Astana Branch

The Kazakh Research Institute announced recently that it has expanded its range of diagnostic and treatment services at its recently opened Astana branch and has purchased 400 million tenge (US$2.2 million) worth of modern equipment to increase its utilisation of innovative technologies in medical treatment. The improved treatment and equipment will allow vitreoretinal surgery, which…

National Scientific Cardiac Centre Helps Train Int’l Doctors in Heart Implant Procedure

ASTANA – Thirteen experts from Germany, Italy, Serbia, Poland and Turkey are for the first time in Astana to learn how to implant the Heart Mate III, which is produced by the American company Toratec. The training programme is being held at Astana’s National Scientific Cardiac Centre, which was conceived by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Since…

Pilot Medical Information System Launched in Stepnogorsk

STEPNOGORSK – A pilot project for the creation and introduction of Medicon.kz, a medical information system (MIS), is being implemented in the city’s central hospital and municipal polyclinic. According to its developers, the company technical support centre iDos will connect to a common information network at the hospital and polyclinic. The well-known American company EMC,…

Country Seeks to Increase Medical Equipment Procurement Transparency

ASTANA – The government is working hard and methodically to efficiently use funds and respect transparency in procuring medicine and medical equipment. This issue was discussed at a meeting of the Public Council for the Protection of Patients’ Rights, chaired by Serikbol Mussinov, executive secretary of the Ministry of Healthcare. “Health system modernisation is the…

Computer Game Addiction New Youth Health Threat

ASTANA – “The new generation of computer games are not only unsafe for children’s health, but also for their souls,” Raisa Sher, head of the Committee for Children’s Rights under the Education and Science Ministry, told The Astana Times. A three-year-old child with an iPad in her hands instead of a toy is no longer…

Computer Game Addiction New Youth Health Threat

ASTANA – “The new generation of computer games are not only unsafe for children’s health, but also for their souls,” Raisa Sher, head of the Committee for Children’s Rights under the Education and Science Ministry, told The Astana Times. A three-year-old child with an iPad in her hands instead of a toy is no longer…

Business Leaders Urged to Increase Charitable Activities

American billionaires are setting a global example for generous philanthropy that should also be followed by wealthy business moguls in Kazakhstan, a leading expert says. In 2012, billionaire Warren Buffet donated $3.1 billion to charity. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated nearly $500 million, mainly to healthcare projects. The Facebook founder is one…

Life Expectancy Grows, Mother and Child Mortality Decreases

ASTANA – There are now more people living in Kazakhstan than in the past few years, and they live longer and have healthier lives than before, Minister of Healthcare Salidat Kairbekova said at a recent board meeting of her ministry. According to Minister Kairbekova, the population increased by four percent compared to 2011, while life…