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83 Kazakhstanis treated abroad in 2013

01 january 2014, 18:01
More than 80 Kazakhstan nationals received medical treatment abroad at the expense of the Healthcare Ministry of Kazakhstan in 2013., Tengrinews reports citing the press-service of the Ministry.

"The Healthcare Ministry of Kazakhstan sent 83 patients to leading foreign clinics for medical treatment at the expense of the national budget in 2013. It is 51% more than the year before," the message says.

Most of these patients were treated in Germany, Austria, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Belarus and Russia.

44% (36) of those 83 patients children under the age of 18.

20 patients or 22% out of the total number had blood disorders and required bone marrow transplantation.

Kazakhstan's hospitals have already developed a capacity to provide a range of high tech procedures. Besides, they've established cooperation and contacts with leading foreign clinics. This enabled them to start treating patients who have relative donors locally and invite foreign experts to do the surgeries and present masterclasses.

Four liver transplantation surgeries -- to patients from their relatives -- have been made at the National Scientific Medical Center with participation of foreign doctors from South Korea.

A kidney has been transplanted to a child from his relative donor at the National Scientific Center of Maternity and Childhood.

A plastic surgery to repair oropharyngeal cavity that involved reparative rhinoplasty has been made on one child with participation of Professor Peter Roland Ayliffe from Great Britain.

Liver has been transplanted from a relative donor to a 6-y.o. child at the National Scientific Center of Emergency Medical Aid. Allogenic bone marrow transplantation to a woman has been made with participation of foreign doctors at the same hospital.

"The Healthcare Ministry of Kazakhstan will continue introducing international practices and stimulating development of domestic clinics," the press-service said.

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