Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 12 May 2016 – The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) formally launched its Medical and Diagnostic Centre in Naryn town, yesterday.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Amanbay Kayipov, Governor of Naryn Oblast, Mr. Rahat Adiev, Mayor of Naryn, Mr. Kuban Kundashev, Advisor to the Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan and hosted by Mr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Diplomatic Representative in Kyrgyzstan and Dr. Fatima Ali, Regional Chief Executive Officer, AKHS.
According to national statistics, the population in Naryn Oblast faces health concerns, such as child and maternal mortality that are higher than national average rates for the rest of the country.
In his welcome address, Governor Kayipov noted: “We appreciate the timely establishment of this Centre which we first raised with His Highness the Aga Khan when he visited Naryn less than 18 months ago. We are grateful for his acceptance of our request and delighted that within such a short span we are today inaugurating a facility where people of Naryn can access quality health care services some of which were previously unavailable in the Oblast”.
The Centre, operating under a licence issued by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, is staffed with qualified doctors and other medical professionals to provide reliable and affordable services in gynaecology, obstetrics, cardiology, family medicine and paediatrics.
“We are delighted that this Centre equipped with a modern laboratory and innovative technologies will provide exemplary health care services to residents of Naryn without regard to their faith, origin and gender,” stated Mr Talantbek Batyraliev, Minister of Health of Kyrgyzstan in his address as conveyed by his Advisor during the event.
Equipped with a general x-ray, Doppler ultrasound, ECG services, gastro-endoscopy services with generous support of the Government of Canada and the AKDN. The Centre will also offer full laboratory services including biochemistry, pathology and haematology tests. A well-stocked pharmacy available on the premises will accommodate to the needs of its patients.
The MDC reflects the AKDN’s long-term partnership with the Government of Kyrgyzstan to improve the quality of life of peoples of the country and contributes to development priorities of the National Sustainable Development Strategy of Kyrgyzstan. Based on the Agreement of Cooperation with the Government of Kyrgyzstan, since 2002 AKDN has been supporting the establishment of institutions and programmes that help develop an economically dynamic, politically stable and intellectually and culturally vibrant Kyrgyz Republic. In September 2016, the University of Central Asia’s residential Campus in Naryn will open its doors for the inaugural cohort of undergraduate students.
“This not-for-profit medical institution is part of the AKDN’s multi-sectoral investments made in Naryn Oblast to improve the quality of life of people. We extend our sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan and Naryn authorities for their excellent cooperation and support which made the opening of this Centre possible within a relatively short period,” remarked Mr. Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Diplomatic Representative in Kyrgyzstan.
Following the opening ceremony, 23 graduates of the “English for Health” (EHP) programme implemented by the University of Central Asia have received their certificates after two years of training.
“Two years ago I could not say a word in English. I am delighted that today at this special occasion I am delivering my speech in English. My colleagues and I at the Family Medicine and Diagnostic Centre look forward to serve the people of Naryn in close collaboration with local medical institutions,” said Dr. Anara Berdikozhoeva, Director of MDC and a graduate of the EHP programme, surprising the audience with her speech.
Referrals from the MDC to the Naryn Oblast Hospital will link the Centre to a broader public health system. In 2015 the Aga Khan Foundation initiated an eHealth services at three government-owned health care facilities in Kyrgyzstan. The Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital in Bishkek was connected to the Naryn Oblast Hospital and the Naryn Oblast Family Medicine Centre. The Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital provides live teleconsultations to patients at the Naryn Oblast Hospital and broadcasts eLearning courses in Child Health and Family Medicine to health care professionals at the Naryn Oblast Family Medicine Centre.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, is a private, international, non-denominational development organisation. It employs over 80,000 people in over 30 countries. Its agencies address complex development issues, including the provision of quality healthcare and education services, cultural and economic revitalisation, micro-enterprise, entrepreneurship and economic development, the advancement of civil society and the protection of the environment. For more information, please see: www.akdn.org.
The Aga Khan Health Services is one of the most comprehensive private not-for-profit health care systems in the developing world. It operates 325 health centres, dispensaries and other community outlets; 15 first-level referral facilities including diagnostic centres, rural medical and maternal-care centres; as well as six general and three women’s hospitals. It provides or supports primary health-care services to populations totalling one million and handles approximately 1.2 million patient visits annually. AKHS now provides primary health care and curative medical care in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Tanzania, and provides technical assistance in health service delivery to the governments of Kenya, Syria and Tajikistan.
For further information please contact:
The Aga Khan Medical and Diagnostic Centre
Dr. Anara Berdikozhoeva
25, Alaeva Str., Naryn;
Tel.: +996 55023229.