Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, April 23 / Trend H.Hasanov /
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has approved the state programme of public health development for 2012-2016, an official Turkmen source said.
The document is aimed at accelerating development of the public health system, improving the level of health services, deep modernisation and creating a set of new and modern medical facilities.
Over the past 10 years, the total cost of construction of health facilities in Turkmenistan exceeded $ 1.5 billion. In the next three years it's planned to allocate about $ 500 million for new medical projects, with 30-40 per cent of them in foreign investments.
The programme provides for the modernisation of production facilities of the pharmaceutical and medical industries, the development of strategically important new release of drugs, the development of scientific, technological and the innovation potential of this sector and its focus on import substitution and increase in export opportunities.
Under the programme, nine new enterprises will be built and two existing ones renovated. These are plants for the production of sterile infusion solutions, mineral table water, disinfectants, iodine products, sterile dressings, medical cotton and factories packing medical clay and sea salt.
According to local sources, for the period until 2030 it is planned to invest $ 2.114 billion in large scale construction and renovation of existing health facilities, purchase of modern medical equipment.
In the coming years with the involvement of state and foreign investment, construction of new health facilities will be carried out such as a dental centre, a centre for emergency first aid and a surgery, a multidisciplinary centre for children, morphological centre, five provincial hospitals and other multidisciplinary healthcare facilities.