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Yelzhan Birtanov announces new approaches to protecting the health of Kazakhstani people at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly

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Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov made a report at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly on the public health service (PHS) being formed in Kazakhstan, the activity of which is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition and preventing chronic noncommunicable diseases.

The Government of Kazakhstan approved a PHS model, which allows ensuring its institutional development and integration primary health care. Within the framework of this model, the state undertakes to implement all ten basic public health operational functions defined by the WHO.

One of the main functions of PHS is awareness, aimed at increasing people’s responsibility for their own health and helping people to stay healthy. Thanks to the Internet, today people are informed about their health and can learn to stay healthy. And we must use all modern and innovative information and communication technologies to help people be healthy.

Kazakhstan is developing a partnership between the public and private sectors in order to form new markets within public healthcare, � Yelzhan Birtanov emphasized.

Healthcare development programs implemented in the country provide a comprehensive approach to the prevention and treatment of diseases and are designed to improve the effectiveness of the healthcare system. In this regard, there is a consistent improvement in health statistics, for example, life expectancy, maternal, infant, child and general mortality.

As part of the transition to the compulsory social medical insurance system, we pay close attention to the digitization of Kazakhstan’s healthcare, which includes the use of new information in medical practice and the introduction of communication technologies. We must not only recognize the growing role of information technologies, but also actively and widely use them to promote healthy lifestyles, remote monitoring and treatment of chronic diseases, in order to ensure the accessibility and transparency of medical services, � the head of the Kazakh delegation said.

In conclusion, he invited counterparts to a conference dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care, which will be held with participation of representatives of WHO and UNICEF in Almaty in October 2018.

We also invite you to EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan this summer. We hope to strengthen cooperation with WHO and other partners at the regional and global levels, � Yelzhan Birtanov summed up his speech.

Recall, these days Geneva (Switzerland) hosts the Seventieth World Health Assembly with the participation of ministers from countries near and far abroad.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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