ASTANA. KAZINFORM Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov discussed issues of further development of the healthcare system and international initiatives of Kazakhstan in the medical field with Hans Kluge, Director of the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization, Kazinform reports. link to the press service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The parties discussed the measures of the Government of Kazakhstan to expand the coverage and improve the quality of medical services, registration and export of the domestic coronavirus vaccine QazVac, professional liability insurance for medical workers, strengthening their status and social protection, as well as holding the 73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Astana in 2023.
The Prime Minister stressed that Kazakhstan fully supports the WHO’s work to improve national healthcare systems, and also appreciates the Organization’s contribution to effectively overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are ready to continue our cooperation and exchange experience in all priority areas,” said Alikhan Smailov.
According to him, in the coming years, the Government will continue to gradually increase salaries for healthcare workers, upgrade medical infrastructure, including in rural areas, strengthen specialized education and expand funding for scientific research.
For his part, Hans Kluge noted that WHO supports Kazakhstan’s priorities in the healthcare sector, in particular, to expand the population’s access to medical services and ensure the social well-being of workers in this area.
“We consider it right to take steps to increase funding for healthcare systems and social health insurance. This is a big step forward. We hope that this experience will be useful to Kazakhstan for the further development of the sphere,” said Hans Kluge.