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Laboratories in Kyrgyzstan to be optimized and reduced

The Ministry of Health submitted for public discussion the government’s program Development of Medical and Veterinary Laboratories of the Kyrgyz Republic until 2025.

The ministry stressed that the development of laboratories for many years has not received due attention. Currently, the regulatory legal acts governing their activities do not fully comply with international requirements.

At the same time, the results of laboratory studies are a fundamental component in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Ministry of Health

«They are necessary for ensuring the safety, quality of food and consumer goods, monitoring the state of the environment and protecting human health and society as a whole. The healthcare system has more than 300 laboratories, a part of them are private,» the document says.

Work to optimize veterinary laboratories is underway. It is planned to keep 19 out of existing 28 labpratories, two of which, in Bishkek and Osh, will have the status of national ones.

«Additionally, each country’s food market has state laboratories for veterinary and sanitary examination of products of animal and vegetable origin. Laboratories, as a rule, are located in non-typical premises, often not corresponding to sanitary, veterinary norms and rules and need major repairs. Most of district laboratories have no necessary communications, sources of uninterrupted power supply. Often there is no modern engineering and technical means of protection of personnel from biological, radiation and chemical exposure,» the Ministry of Health admitted.

«Due to low wages and inadequate working conditions, work in the laboratory is not prestigious; there is no motivation for professional growth. The weak level of development of the quality system in the laboratories leads to erroneous results that significantly affect the correctness of the diagnosis and the further treatment order of patients, as well as decision-making on the sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population and animal health,» the ministry added.

In health and veterinary organizations, only the protected budget items are mainly financed, the remaining activities (purchase of equipment, computer equipment, scanners, printers and consumables, their maintenance) — according to the residual principle.

The objectives of the program are to optimize the activities of laboratories for providing quality and affordable services to the population, successful anti-epidemic and anti-epizootic measures in public health and veterinary medicine, as well as to control the safety of food, consumer goods and the state of the environment.