Ilham Aliyev inaugurated therapeutic training clinic

01 october 2010, 17:12

A therapeutic training clinic of the Azerbaijan Medical University has been inaugurated.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony.

The university staff cordially welcomed the head of state and his wife, while Mehriban Aliyeva was presented with flowers.

The head of state cut the ribbon marking the opening of the clinic and toured the building.

The reforms ongoing in the country’s public health sphere, the medical institutions being built and reconstructed in accordance with the orders and instructions of President Ilham Aliyev suggest that Azerbaijan's public health continues to develop at a high pace. The path traversed by the Azerbaijan Medical University, which has made an exceptional contribution to the preparation of highly qualified medical personnel, is also an important stage in terms of development of the national healthcare system. The order on the construction of a therapeutic training clinic of the Azerbaijan Medical University, signed by President Ilham Aliyev on 11 September 2007, and the President’s participation a few days later in the ceremony of laying the foundation of this clinic confirmed that the head of state has determined the development of the national healthcare system as a priority of state policy. The activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in this area is also of broad interest. Particularly noteworthy is the contribution of the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, MP Mehriban Aliyeva, and of the Foundation she is leading, to the development of public health in Azerbaijan. The broad program of activities undertaken at the initiative of Mehriban Aliyeva for the protection of maternal and child health, treatment of children suffering from thalassemia, and overall development of public health in Azerbaijan play an important part in strengthening the country’s healthcare system. The work being done by Mehriban Aliyeva in this area makes a significant contribution to public health and helps the young generation grow physically strong and healthy.

This year, the Azerbaijan Medical University is turning 80. Over this period, the university has covered a glorious path, granted the world’s medical science Mirasadulla Mirqasimov, Mustafa Topchibasov, Zarifa Aliyeva, Abdulla Qarayev, Mirmammad Cavadzada, Adila Namazova, Camil Aliyev, Ahliman Amiraslanov and dozens of other personalities. Possessing great traditions, the Azerbaijan Medical University is experiencing a period of prosperity at the moment as well. This institution of higher education, which has trained over 65,000 doctors and pharmacists for the country’s public health sector, has considerably expanded recently. Now the University comprises seven faculties, three clinics, nine deans' offices, 14 departments, 74 chairs, 11 courses, six educational buildings and other research and training centers. The order on celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Medical University, signed by President Ilham Aliyev on 28 April 2010 considering the contribution of the AMU to the development of the country's healthcare system, is also an indication of the importance attached by the state to this institution. The head of state pays constant attention to the development of the University, strengthening of its material and technical base.

In the lobby of the clinic, there is a board with the words of great leader Heydar Aliyev "the Azerbaijan Medical University has made a great contribution to the development of the Azerbaijan Republic and the people," a photo stand documenting the participation of nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev at the AMU events.

During familiarization with the building, the University’s Rector, Academician Ahliman Amiraslanov pointed out that the therapeutic training clinic is a unique university clinic combining research, treatment and diagnostic work.

The fully computerized clinic provides diagnosing and treatment of medical, pediatric and neurological diseases in accordance with modern international standards. To do this, the clinic has angiography, computer tomography, digital radiography, mammography, hemodialysis, direct biopsy of the liver and kidneys, as well as laboratory equipment for biochemical and immunological studies of genetic tests produced by leading companies of the world. The emergency and intensive care unit is fitted with modern artificial respiration equipment. The equipment has been installed by local company ARASH Medical.

The 14-storey clinic covers an area of 25,000 square meters. There are in-patient departments for 400 patients and a consultative and diagnostic department. In addition, there are conditions for the provision of outpatient care to 300-350 patients during the day.

It was stressed that the establishment of such a clinic was prompted by the fact that most departments of the university teaching clinical subjects are placed in hospitals in different districts of Baku. Besides adversely affecting the organization of educational process, it also raised a number of other inconveniences. The concentration of these departments in a single center will primarily improve the quality of teaching and its material and technical base, and create additional opportunities for conducting research. The new clinic has 15 clinical departments. Its eight lecture halls for 2140 seats and 70 classrooms for 3rd-4th-year students will be used to teach subjects such as therapy, pediatrics, family medicine, neurology, clinical pharmacology, physiotherapy, roentgen diagnostics and clinical chemistry. In addition, the clinic will train highly qualified personnel through residency and doctoral programs.

A network of 204 computers, 16 modules and the PAKS system is capable of quickly processing medical documentation, its archiving and statistical analysis, sending pictures and laboratory results to physicians and specialists in any country of the world. By establishing a video link with leading foreign clinics and well-known specialists of the world, it is possible to conduct consultations and receive necessary advice. All classrooms, offices and wards have a high-speed Internet connection. In order to improve the clearness of the learning process, a Medical Training Center has been set up, enabling simulation of 18 virulent diseases and their numerous complications.

It was noted that the construction of a surgical clinic of the University was currently in its final stages.

The head of state and his wife toured the roentgen diagnostics, intensive care and children's department, wards, the Medical Training Center, computer and meeting rooms.

Then President Ilham Aliyev met with the professors and students of the Azerbaijan Medical University.

Addressing the university team, President Ilham Aliyev said:

- Let me heartily congratulate you. The opening of a new therapeutic building of the Azerbaijan Medical University is remarkable and memorable event. I heartily congratulate you on this occasion and wish you success.

Three years ago, in September 2007, we laid the foundation of this beautiful building. I was sure that a beautiful new hospital and a training center will be created here within a short time and with high quality. That is what happened. When touring the building today, I was convinced again that we have made a very correct decision, it was a timely step. Today we are meeting for the opening of an excellent medical facility. There are the most advanced technologies, equipment and all opportunities for treatment, diagnosis and organization of the educational process at a high level here. All the work has been done in a quality manner, with good taste. There are all conditions for the training of students and the work of professors. It is also important that from now on students will not have to travel to different parts of the city. The building will accommodate 15 departments, so there are good opportunities for effective management of the educational process.

This step is an example of the work carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of health. And there are many such examples. As you know, new modern medical centers have been established both in Baku and various parts of our country in recent years. Diagnostic centers, district and city hospitals are being built and repaired in all regions. In other words, we are paying great attention to this area because human health is our main issue. There is every opportunity for qualified health care in Azerbaijan, and by investing in this area the government is fulfilling an important mission.

Of course, doctors, for their part, also should provide patients with services at the proper level. Only best practices should be applied in Azerbaijan. Physicians must continually improve their knowledge, professionalism, so that to apply all technological processes available in leading countries of the world in Azerbaijan. Therefore, our job does not end with just building good clinics. It is important to use these wonderful conditions effectively so that patients could be provided with proper medical services.

With regard to the Azerbaijani state, it will continue its efforts to address health issues. There are all necessary programs, material resources obtained through economic development. Sufficient resources are annually allocated from the state budget to address health issues in Azerbaijan.

I remember the rector of the university raising the need for the construction of a surgical unit three years ago. This question has received a positive response, and a fine surgical building is now under construction. I hope that we will meet at the new opening soon. In short, this part of our city is gradually transforming into a beautiful and modern medical campus. University buildings – the new building, a surgical unit, a renovated clinical hospital which we have named after Semashko, the building of the Ministry of Health – this is already a large and modern medical center. I do hope that you will use these excellent facilities effectively and provide patients with proper care. Let me heartily congratulate you on this wonderful event again. I wish you success.

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In conclusion, a picture was taken.