The Ministry of Health to develop a set of measures to improve oncohematologic services for children
Minister of Health of Kazakhstan Yelzhan Birtanov held a meeting with parents and community organizations for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology in the selector mode, said in the Ministry of Health.
The meeting was held on the initiative of the Minister of Health to discuss the problems in this area, developing a joint action plan to address them.
“The issues on early and accurate diagnosis of affected children, the possibility of treatment of young patients at foreign clinics, conducting monitoring and disease research were widely discussed during the meeting,” said in the Ministry.
Having listened to all proposals and problematic issues, Y. Birtanov noted that a working group for their study and further development of measures will be established to address the issues. He instructed to develop a plan of measures to improve oncohematologic services for children and submit it by 10 February of the current year.
Children with cancer medical care in Kazakhstan are provided on the basis of two national centers – the Scientific Center of Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery in Almaty and National Research Center of Maternity and Childhood in Astana.
In addition, offices of Pediatric Oncology / Hematology for dynamic monitoring and maintenance therapy in patients with malignant tumors are working on the basis of the regional children’s hospitals in each region.
Training for doctors of primary health care on short training modules is widely held. 2270 doctors were trained over the past 3 years, including 206 doctors in 2016 and it is planned to train about 250 more doctors in 2017.
The introduction of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the treatment of children with relapsed leukemia, acquired aplastic anemia and severe forms of solid tumors led to effective results that meet modern international standards.
Source: Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan