Physicians of Astana are studying English ahead of the Expo. The program involves 300 doctors, but from next year their number will increase. Medical staff of all specializations are studying the English language. Apart from doctors, nurses are also taking the language courses. Experts say the medical sphere today needs almost 500 people who can speak English. In 2017, the number of English learners among doctors is expected to grow.

 

Tatyana TUCHEEVA, DEPUTY CHIEF OF MEDICAL STAFF, RAILWAY HOSPITAL OF DISASTER MEDICINE:

The number of foreign nationals living in Kazakhstan and in need of medical assistance is increasing. We had English-speaking patients working at the expo, and our English-speaking doctors were able to provide them the necessary medical care.

 

Yerzhan YENSEBAYEV, HEAD OF ASTANA LANGUAGES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:

We consider that it is necessary for our physicians to study foreign languages. There will be primary health care stations and medical ambulances at the Expo site. These will be day and night stations with health care workers, who must be fluent in English.

 

But not only health care workers study English. Among the course takers, artists, athletes, and law enforcement officers can be found. In total, more than 600 people attend English classes. According to the data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the funds were allocated for English language courses for their personnel. A total of 9,500 police officers and security forces will be involved to guard the order during the Expo. Volunteers will also help them. In addition, the territory of the Expo-town will be equipped with 2,500 surveillance cameras.

 

Kalmukhanbet KASSYMOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS:

We are already guarding the Expo facilities, examining delivered construction materials according to international standards. We train personnel the rules of service.

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