Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shakhrukh Sharakhmetov took part in an online conference on the topic "Saving women's lives from cancer." This event was organized in the framework of the 64th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and was led by the Director General of this organization Rafael Mariano Grossi and the head of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Bandar Hajar.
During his report, Sh. Sharakhmetov shared his views on the need to develop international cooperation in the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, the effective implementation of national projects in the development of oncology, and the protection of women's health.
It was noted that Uzbekistan has been a member of the IAEA since 1994 and fruitfully cooperates with this organization in many areas, including oncology. The Ministry of Health of our country has received gratuitous assistance from this agency in the form of modern technological equipment. Among them are single-photon emission computed tomographs, remote and intracavitary gamma-therapeutic devices, diagnostic laboratories for early diagnosis of oncological diseases.
As part of the event, it was emphasized that the well-being of the country is inextricably linked with the health of the population, since only healthy people are able to build a comprehensively developed state.
“The burden of cancer in Uzbekistan, as in many other countries, is increasing, and therefore the prevention and treatment of this disease is one of the main priorities and in our country is being addressed at the highest political level,” Sharakhmetov said. - The health of the people, especially women, is under constant control of the head of state. We want to achieve a significant reduction in the death rate of women from cancer, and our plan is to meet the needs of the population and to dramatically increase access to high-tech cancer treatments. To achieve these ambitious goals, we need to act together, quickly and decisively. This is the great role of the IAEA and the IDB. It is worth noting that a project worth 37 million US dollars is currently being implemented jointly with the Islamic Development Bank.
In addition, over the past decade, Uzbekistan, with the help of the IAEA and the IDB, has significantly strengthened the infrastructure of radiotherapy and brachytherapy at 15 cancer diagnostic and treatment centers, which has led to improved access to quality cancer diagnosis and treatment services nationwide, and especially care for women with breast cancer. and the cervix.
The Deputy Minister also noted that at present, innovative efforts are being made to repair and modernize cancer centers throughout the country, equipping them with the latest equipment, modern information systems and high-tech technologies. Local postgraduate education programs are being introduced to train highly qualified specialists in order to ensure a sustainable workforce and turn our country into a training center for the Central Asian region.
- However, we want to go further, - continued Sh. Sharakhmetov. “Therefore, the government of Uzbekistan, key specialists in the country, together with the IDB and world-renowned experts from the IAEA, are preparing a comprehensive project to further develop cancer services that meet the highest standards. The project also includes large-scale and state-of-the-art training and capacity building for key cancer personnel in brachytherapy, a vital technology that offers life-saving radiation treatment to women with cervical cancer.
With an integrated and complementary set of planned interventions ranging from screening to diagnosis and treatment, this multimillion-dollar project leverages multisectoral expertise while improving the quality of cancer treatment overall and nationwide.
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