WORLD SOCIETY OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND THORACIC SURGEONS HOLDS CONGRESS IN ASTANA
Kazakhstan is among top 30 countries with best cardiac care. According to statistics, the number of open heart surgeries conducted in Kazakhstan per year increased by 24 times to 12,000 in a quarter century. Kazakhstan is also one of the few countries offering free medical care to the population. Astana hosted the 27th Congress of the World Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS). Kazakhstan hosted such event for the first time. The Congress brought together 1,500 doctors from different countries. Most of them are world renowned specialists. Astana won the bid to host the WSCTS Congress in Geneva in 2014 over the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Czech Republic. Prominent Kazakh and foreign surgeons and scientists have exchanged knowledge and experiences during the three days of the congress. More than 200 medical professionals took training and master classes as part of the congress.
WALTER DEMBITSKY, THORACIC AND CARDIAC SURGEON, USA:
- We had a teaching program yesterday where we were involved in the implantation of two heart pumps yesterday for teaching and I’ve given three lectures today and one tomorrow. In the industry, there are very slow to develop products. The big problem in the world today is implementing technology. That’s where Kazakhstan has been extremely creative.
Sanatorium treatment will be included in the list of free compulsory health insurance, Kazakh Health Minister Yelzhan Birtanov says. He said that the fund will allocate 120 billion tenge for sanatorium treatment annually. Resorts will be developed as part of public-private partnerships.
YELZHAN BIRTANOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF HEALTH:
- We are developing a project with the Association of balneology and rehabitology. Six clusters have been determined, for example, zones of Astana and Shchuchinsk-Burabai, where you get quality medical check-up and treatment. There is a huge demand among our citizens. Rehabilitation is necessary after surgical interventions, after trauma, or a stroke.