Social & Health

 

Mortality rate in Armenia higher among male population
/Dec 3/Aysor/

Armenia’s National Statistical Service has issued Armenia’s Social Picture and Poverty report summing up the information collected in 2017.
According to the information, as of January 1, 2018, the number of populations made 2 million 972.7 which is 13,400 less as compared with the early 2017.
The report says male mortality rate is higher in Armenia than female mortality rate. In particular, 51,0% of deaths come to males and 49.0% females.
The report has registered that the death causes as well as average longevity indexes between man and women differ in Armenia.
In 2017 the average longevity for males made 71.9 years, for females 78.7.
As to the main mortality causes in Armenia, the report says they are mainly agreed with blood circulation system diseases and malignant tumors. These cases make 2/3 of general deaths in Armenia.
According to the report, the urban population is more inclined to acquire and die of these diseases than the rural one. Besides, women are much more inclined to acquire and dye of these diseases in Armenia.
As of early 2018, the specific weight of the urban population in Armenia made 63.8% and rural 36.2%. The 47.4% of the population are male and 52.6% female.
 

The gap between women’s and men’s wages in Armenia is $146
/Dec 3/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The gap between men’s and women’s monthly wages in Armenia is the equivalent of $146, according to the National Statistical Committee (NSC).
The average gross monthly pay of women at the end of September was 131,536 drams or $271.8, while the wage of a men was 202,330 drams or $418.19.
The average national monthly gross salary in September was 166,104 drams or $343.3. The average wages of women were lower than the average monthly gross wage by 34,568 drams or by $71.5.
The average monthly gross salary was calculated on the basis of salaries of 578,593 employees hired by 40,862 companies.
 

40 medics arrested in Israel on suspicion of presenting false Armenian diplomas
/Dec 2/Public Radio of Armenia/

The Israel Police arrested early Sunday 40 doctors, medical interns and pharmacists from the Arab sector who presented false credentials to the Health Ministry, Israeli sources report.

They are suspected of presenting graduation diplomas from universities in Armenia, even though the Police allege they did not complete the required studies there.

Israel-based journalist Zvi Zilber confirmed the news to Public Radio of Armenia.

“All detainees are very respectable people and represent the elite of the Israeli society. All of them are doctors, medical interns, pharmacists, dentists. Some of them work in public hospitals. Others (maily dentists), have private clinics,”Mr. Zilber said.

The Israeli Police say the detainees presented diplomas testifying to the alleged completion of their studies. On the basis of these documents they received the right to practice in Israel, but law-enforcers say these "doctors" did not receive sufficient education.

The investigation started after the Health Ministry received an anonymous call. The investigation was secret for a long time, and only after there was enough evidence at the Police’s disposal, the suspects, most of whom live in Arab settlements, were detained.

The investigation dubbed "License to kill" established that the suspects were studying in various educational institutions abroad. After they failed to complete their studies and pass all the exams, they were referred to three universities in Armenia, where they received the diplomas after studying for a short time.

Upon returning to Israel, they submitted their documents to the Ministry of Health, and some were able to pass a qualifying exam and get positions in public hospitals or health ministry structures.

“Of course, the exam is very difficult, but journalists in Israel hint that it’s not always the case. The Arab sector has its own rules. The exams here are easier, while the  oversight is weak,” Zvi Zilber said.

The three Armenian uiversities involved in the case are St. Tereza Medical University, Haybusak and Mkhitar Gosh Universities.

By the time of publishing there was no comment on the report in Armenia. The Public Radio of Armenia is trying to reveal the details, further information will be provided.
 

Some 3,300 HIV cases registered in Armenia
/Dec 3/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Some 3,300 HIV cases were registered in Armenia as of December 1, 2018, while the estimated number of people with HIV is about 3,400 people, according to Samvel Grigoryan, the head of the National Center for AIDS Prevention. 
Speaking to a news conference today, he said the Center was providing antiretroviral treatment to some 1,820 people infected with the immunodeficiency virus, of whom 26 are foreigners. The treatment is completely free not only for Armenian citizens, but also for citizens of other countries. 
Grigoryan stressed that Armenia is the only country in the region where assistance to foreign citizens with HIV is free. 
On the prevention and diagnosis of the disease, he said over the past few years, Armenia has made significant achievements. "We have improved the rates of early diagnosis of the disease. We can say with confidence today that 75% of people with HIV are already diagnosed," he said. Grigoryan predicted that by 2020 Armenia will reach international rate of diagnosing HIV cases, which is 90%.
"In Armenia, about 70% of people who have been diagnosed with HIV are being treated. The immunodeficiency virus in about 85% of these patients was suppressed to zero. Thus, in terms of HIV detection, treatment and suppression, Armenia is approaching the UN-set target of 90%," said Grigoryan.
According to him, the HIV prevalence rate among the population is only 0.2%, which is four times lower than the regional average. "In none of the social risk groups, the number of HIV-infected people does exceed 5%, which is an encouraging indicator. This is due to the effectiveness of the preventive measures and the awareness of the population," he said.
Grigoryan also noted that Armenia is one of the most successful countries in terms of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He said most of those infected with HIV in Armenia are men (about 69%). Some 1,021 cases of infection were revealed in women and 57 cases in children. The main sources of transmission are heterosexual intercourse (69%) and drug injection (21%).
"Among HIV-infected patients, AIDS was detected in about 1,670 people, including 430 women and 33 children. Overall, 760 people infected with HIV have died in the country, including 142 women and 11 children," Grigoryan said.


Նախագահի աջակցությամբ Գյումրիում կընդլայնվի բնական ներկերի արտադրությունը
/Dec 5/Verelq.am/

Աշխատանքային այցով Գյումրիում գտնվող նախագահ Արմեն Սարգսյանն այսօր այցելել է Հայաստանի կույրերի միավորման Գյումրու ուսումնաարտադրական ձեռնարկություն, որը բնական հումքով արտադրում է յուղաներկեր և ներկանյութեր : Այս մասին հայտնում է ՀՀ նախագահի լրատվության բաժինը :

Նախագահը զրուցել է կույրերի միավորման անդամների և ներկերի արտադրության մեջ ներգրավված աշխատակիցների հետ, ծանոթացել ներկերի արտադրության տեխնոլոգիային, գործունեությունն ընդլայնելու ծրագրերին։ Այն նաեւ սոցիալական նշանակության ծրագիր է, քանի որ դրա արդյունքում ստեղծվում են նոր աշխատատեղեր՝ հիմնականում հաշմանդամների համար : Հանրապետության նախագահը նվիրաբերել է 6,000,000 ՀՀ դրամ՝ ծրագրերն ընդլայնելու համարԿույրերի միավորման անդամներն իրենց արտադրած ներկերով ստեղծած յուղանկար են նվիրել Արմեն Սարգսյանին։ Հանրապետության նախագահն ասել է, որ նկարն իր պատվավոր տեղը կունենա նախագահական նստավայրում։

 

Employees at Armenian state institutions to lose their jobs
/Dec 6/Vestnik Kavkaza/

Hundreds of employees at Armenia’s state-governing institutions will lose their jobs after the early parliamentary elections, the Zhamanak newspaper reports.  

"Employees at the ministries of Diaspora, culture, foreign affairs and sports and youth and noncommercial organizations and agencies affiliated to them have been told that they should search for new jobs," ARKA cited the newspaper as saying.

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