Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Medical Diagnostic Center of the Special State Protection Service (SSPS)

04 july 2011, 17:00

Azerbaijani President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the opening of the Medical Diagnostic Center of the Special State Protection Service (SSPS).

The Service personnel and the staff of the Medical Diagnostic Center warmly welcomed the President of Azerbaijan and his wife.

The Chief of the SSPS, Col-Gen Vagif Akhundov, reported to the head of state.

Flowers were presented to Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva.

President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the medical facility.

The head of state and his wife reviewed the center.

Col-Gen Vagif Akhundov informed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva that the construction and commissioning of the center were an important step towards resolving the social problems of both the SSPS employees and the National Guard. Following a presidential instruction, a land plot of 0.6 hectares in the Yasamal district and financial resources were allocated for the establishment of the center. The center, built with the aim of addressing the medical needs of SSPS employees, is fitted with the latest medical equipment mainly produced in Germany and other European states.

It was indicated that the area adjoining the eight-storey building of the center, the construction of which commenced in May 2009, has been landscaped and a modern lighting system installed. Construction has been carried out at a high level and completed in June this year. The center has a special ventilation system which is used in modern medical facilities of the world.

It was also noted that the memory of great leader Heydar Aliyev has been perpetuated at the center. There is a photo stand documenting the life and activities of the nationwide leader who used to say, “The profession of a doctor is one that requires great dedication to the people and the profession.”

The head of state and his wife first examined the department of functional diagnostics. It was indicated that there are ultrasonic scanning, cardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, traumatic surgery units and two monitoring wards. The medical equipment installed in the department is made in European countries and meets modern standards.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva examined the work of the primary health department. It has all the conditions to provide patients with high-level first aid.

There is a bust of nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev who has contributed a lot to the formation of the SSPS and the National Guard. There are photo stands documenting the meetings of the great leader and President Ilham Aliyev with the SSPS personnel. The center has a conference room for 70 people, a meeting room equipped with computers, an archive, a chancery and other ancillary facilities.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed the surgical unit of the center. It was indicated that there are three operating theaters available. It is possible to perform operations on the internals, as well as dental and otolaryngology surgery. The intensive care unit is also equipped with necessary equipment. The equipment in the surgical unit which has an intensive care unit of its own for the critically ill is modern and of top quality.

The general inpatient department has eight ordinary and two VIP wards. All wards have a telephone line.

The head of state and his wife were informed of the center’s pneumatic transfer system. It helps provide services to the patients and enables dispatch of lab tests in a matter of 10-15 seconds.

There is an outpatient department on the second and third floors. The colonoscopy and gastroduodenoscopy rooms have special equipment. The outpatient department has a gynecologist, a dentist, an ophthalmologist, a neurologist and a physiotherapist, as well as rooms for exercise therapy and physiotherapy.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva visited the roentgen department of the functional diagnostics network. The digital X-ray unit is in line with the latest technologies. Computer tomography operates in a 4D mode and is used for cardiologic, urologic and vascular examination.

The head of state and his wife examined the center’s laboratory.

The medical diagnostic center also has a canteen for 40 people.

In other words, all ancillary sections of the center are in line with the latest standards.

Congratulating the Service personnel and the center staff, Azerbaijani President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev said:

Let me sincerely congratulate you on the opening of a wonderful medical diagnostic center and wish you every success.

Two years ago, the chief of the Special State Protection Service asked for the construction of a new medical diagnostic center. I supported the initiative, and a wonderful center emerged shortly. Medical service of personnel was not at the proper level before because there were no conditions. The conditions available here are, in my view, at the top level. The building is very nice, comfortable, spacious, and the interior design is very nice. At the same time, there is modern equipment here, which enables timely diagnosing and treatment of any disease. There are modern surgical units. So there is everything there should be in a hospital of the latest international standards.

I am very pleased that a beautiful center has been built in a short time and the staff of the Special State Protection Service will be provided with high-level medical services here. I am sure of that. Of course, certain experience is required to operate this modern equipment and run its work. I believe that this issue will also be resolved. So a great medical center has been set up for you.

The Special State Protection Service has very important functions. Protection of public facilities, security of the people working in state and government organizations, other functions. We must ensure that the social problems of all Service employees are solved.

The opening of this medical center is a great step in that direction. Also being resolved are social and domestic problems of employees. There are broad recreation opportunities. So your service is also developing in line with the overall development of our country and being provided with modern equipment. The opening of this medical center is further indication that the Azerbaijani state is sparing no effort for a normal life of employees.

In general, our country has taken very important steps in recent years to improve the healthcare system. We can say that beautiful and modern medical centers have been set up in all regions of our country. District hospitals have been refurbished. All districts have modern medical diagnostic centers. Of course, specialized medical centers have emerged in Baku in the past few years, which enables provision of Azerbaijani citizens with quality healthcare.

We are celebrating the opening of this wonderful medical diagnostic center today. At the same time, we will lay the foundation of a new and large health center in Baku. That center will also be a major multi-purpose one. It will have departments on various specializations. I think the construction and commissioning of the Baku health center will elevate the key directions of healthcare in our city to the desired level.

The attention being paid to the healthcare shows the intentions of any country. Our country is primarily working to address people’s social concerns. In recent years, we have allocated major funds to address these issues. In subsequent years, this policy will be continued. We must ensure that citizens of Azerbaijan, irrespective of the region in which they live, have access to quality medical care.

I want to sincerely congratulate you on the opening of this beautiful center. I want to reiterate that I am glad that this center has been built in a short time and with great taste. The equipment I have been shown is used in the most advanced hospitals of developed countries. That’s the way it should be. The advanced experiences used in Azerbaijan should be at the highest level.

The health of those to be treated here depends on the center’s medical staff. I am sure you will provide excellent services, not least because the conditions available here provide grounds for that. I congratulate you again and wish you further success.

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The Chief of the Special State Protection Service, Col-Gen Vagif Akhundov, thanked the head of state on behalf of the Service personnel.

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President Ilham Aliyev expressed his satisfaction with the conditions available and gave relevant instructions and recommendations.

Then a picture was taken.