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Kazakhstan intends to join artificial organ project

Kazakhstan Materials 5 September 2012 16:18
Kazakhstan plans to join an international project to create artificial organs, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Wednesday, delivering in Astana an interactive lecture to the students of Nazarbayev University.
Kazakhstan intends to join artificial organ project

Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 5 / Trend D.Mukhtarov /

Kazakhstan plans to join an international project to create artificial organs, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Wednesday, delivering in Astana an interactive lecture to the students of Nazarbayev University.

"Today, the world is exploring the creation of artificial organs, I have instructed our Ministry of Health to study this project and I will try that Kazakhstan becomes party to such innovations," Nazarbayev said, answering offer of leading heart surgeon Yury Pya on desire of Kazakh physicians to participate in this project .

"Right now, the international project to establish a fully implantable heart is ongoing. Leading heart clinics of the U.S. and Europe participate in it. And we have set an ambitious goal to take part in this project and we ask for your support," Yuri Pya said, addressing the president.

It should be recalled that in Kazakhstan for the first time this summer, heart transplant operation was carried out.

"I express my admiration for the work of our Cardiology Centre. Several years ago, we could carry out only a thousand surgeries (by installing artificial ventricle) with 10,000 people in need in the surgery. Cost of operation is $600,000 - $800,000. And not everyone was able to pay for it," the president said.

He said that today in Kazakhstan mortality from cardiovascular disease has been halved.

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