minister of Health Norair Davidyan believes
that chief specialists can improve the situation
with healthcare in regions.
When three years ago the institute of chief specialist
in Armenia's healthcare service was abolished
by order of the former Minister of Health and
80 chief specialists dismissed, few thought that
there would be a continuation of that story.
"There were several chief specialists in
every medical field and they always argued with
each other," says Ruslana Gevorgyan, an advisor
at the ministry. "Each of them wished to
control their field. That's why the former minister
abolished the post, it had become entirely meaningless."
However, after several visits to the regions
of the republic, the present Minister of Health
Norair Davidyan concluded that role of chief specialist
was needed badly.
"Many regions have a great shortage of equipment
and specialists," says Davidyan. "At
present, only chief specialists can improve the
situation, by taking charge of developments in
the different regions."
The minister attributed numerous gaps in the
field of healthcare to a shortage of chief specialists
and signed a resolution to form a new elite corps
of doctors. Setting a new group the Minister was
guided by the scientific achievements and professional
experience of the doctors.
According to Health Ministry officials some members
of the newly formed structure were also a part
of the previous one. This time, however, the group
was three times smaller than before.
"Now there are 29 chief specialists,"
says Davidyan. "Every important field such
as psychiatrics, oculistics and others has only
one chief specialist. They will become a connecting
link between the ministry and those regions which
are in an unenviable situation."
Under a preliminary agreement, the chief specialists
will visit Armenia's regions to get acquainted
with the present conditions. Subgroups will be
created to tackle problem areas and make medical
treatment more effective. They will also engage
in the search for provision of new medical services
in the regions.
The minister assures that the network of chief
specialists will have a competent program on their
duties ready within the next two to three weeks,
along with a code to coordinate their work.
Ara Asoyan, recently appointed chief doctor for
infectious disease, says that this initiative
will breathe new life into regional institutions
and improve communication between them and the
"The regions are neglected," the new
chief oculist Alexander Malayan. "It's true
that it's not possible for regional doctors to
be aware of the latest medical developments, particularly
technological achievements. But believe me, it
is possible to do more in the conditions and with
the skills that many regional doctors work."
doctors honored with the title of "chief
Malayan says that first of all chief specialists
must be aware of what is happening in the regions
because if doctors from time to time don't answer
for their work then there is no sense to talk
about the quality of medical treatment.
According to Malayan even diagnostics is a problem
in regions. If it becomes possible to improve
that, it will already be considered a great achievement.
The new head psychiatrist Samvel Torosyan says
the top specialists will also be encouraged to
learn new methods and to join numerous international
organizations to improve their medical knowledge.
"We don't keep pace with the world,"
he says. "For instance, with our methods
and medical preparations we are behind Europe
by at least 15 years. Under these circumstances
we are more responsible and must do everything
to speed up our development."
Gevorgyan hopes that patients will feel positive
changes in the quality of medical maintenance
as a result of this initiative.
"In Lori region, for example, the situation
is very hard. There are 25,000 people with swellings,
but nobody is able to provide them with appropriate
medical assistance. Now, after appointing chief
specialists, everything will change. They will
be responsible, it is also a matter of their prestige,"
According to Gevorgyan, the 29 chief specialists
won't be paid extra for their new responsibilities.
The title, she insists, "is already a great
honor for them".