Social & Health


Armenia sends 30,000 vaccine doses to Georgia amid measles outbreak
/Feb 2/PanArmenian/

Armenia will send 30,000 doses of measles vaccine to Georgia, Minister of Health Arsen Torosyan said in a Facebook post.

The move will help the neighboring country fight the measles outbreak more effectively and quickly, because, Torosyan said, "diseases know no boundaries."

According to him, he discussed the matter with his Georgian counterpart Davit Sergeenko, who said there are currently 1028 new cases of measles in Georgia due to the fact that many children were not vaccinated back in the 1990s.

The minister added that the last case of measles in Armenia was recorded in 2007 thanks to high rates of vaccination against the disease. The last time the disease was brought to Armenia in December 2018, when a passenger from the Russian Federation arrived in the country. However, the disease did not spread in Armenia.

Healthcare minister raises wage of polyclinic medics
/Feb 2/

YEREVAN – Minister of Healthcare Arsen Torosyan has signed an order on raising the salaries of medical personnel at outpatient polyclinics.

The wages will be raised 15-20% and the order is effectively from January 1.

“This is already the second raise in 6 months,” the minister said on Facebook, adding that the salaries of nearly 10,000 medics are increasing by a total of 30-40% as a result.

He said that the move is expected to develop preventive medicine, as well as involve professionals to the primary health care sector.

Some 5,600 people die from cancer in Armenia every year
/Feb 4/ARKA/

YEREVAN – On February 4, the World Cancer Day, the Armenian health ministry released the figures showing the cancer rate in the country. According to the ministry, some 5,600 people die from cancer every year.  
Cancer is the second biggest mortality cause in Armenia (20.4%) after blood circulation disorders. 
The ministry said that the cancer rate here has grown two to three times over the last 30 years. 
Some 43,830 people were under the care of health centers in 2018, and as many as 8,500 new cases are recorded every year. 
The health ministry says it is possible to prevent and treat 30 to 35 percent of malignant tumors in the event of early diagnosis.
“Unfortunately, in 60% of cases, cancer is diagnosed at the third or fourth stages, and that significantly affects the quality of treatment and reduces lifetime,” the ministry says in its press release. 
Women mostly suffer from breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer and cervical cancer, while men are affected mainly by respiratory cancer as well as cancer of bronchial tubes, lungs, bladder, stomach and prostate. 
The ministry warned that stomach and colon cancer rate among women and men rose in the recent years. This may be connected with sedentary life and unhealthy diet. 
Doctors advise to be stuck to healthy lifestyle – particularly, not to smoke, to reduce consumption of alcoholic drinks, processed products and salt. 
It is also necessary to avoid ultraviolet rays, to undergo medical examination at least once a year and vaccinations against papillomavirus and hepatitis B.

Armenia’s resident population dwindles to 2,965,100 people
/Feb 5/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s resident population dwindled by 7,600 people to 2, 965,100  people as of January 1, 2019 as opposed to January 1, 2018, according to the latest numbers, released by the National Statistical Committee (NSC).
The NSC attributed the drop in resident population to the excess of the negative migration balance, which was 18,500 people, over the natural population growth, which was 10,900 people.
According to the NSC, the negative migration balance for the year decreased from 13,400 to 7,600 people, while the natural increase grew from 10,600 to 10,900 people.
In 2018, the number of children born in the country decreased by 3.1% to 36,502. At the same time, the number of deaths decreased by 5.5% to 25,645.
The number of urban populations as of January 1, 2019 stood at 1,894,500 (a decline of 1,300). In Yerevan it was 1,080,100 people and in rural areas, the population decreased by 6,300 to 1,070,600 people.

Yerevan municipality to build 175 new ramps this year
/Feb 6/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The first meeting of the Yerevan City Commission on Persons with Disabilities discussed its program of activities for 2019. The first deputy mayor of Yerevan Hrachyan Sargsyan, who is the chairman of the commission, said the projects to be carried out should be meaningful and realistic.
The annual program of activities covers various areas of the capital city, including implementation of educational programs, as well as joint social projects with public organizations dealing with the problems of persons with disabilities. 
The plan, particularly, calls for the construction of 175 ramps this year. At some street crossings new traffic lights with a sound signal will be installed. For people with visual impairments, special devices will be installed in city buses to inform the names of stops.

Armenia dispatches humanitarian mission to Syria’s Aleppo
/Feb 8/Panorama/

A group of Armenian humanitarian experts have headed to Aleppo, Syria on Friday to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in a Facebook post.

The 83-member group, including doctors, sappers, as well as personnel who will ensure their safety, will carry out humanitarian mine clearance activities, raise mine awareness among the population, as well as offer medical aid in Aleppo exclusively outside the zone of military operations.

The Armenian government made the decision to provide humanitarian aid to Syria taking into consideration the war-triggered humanitarian crisis in the country and especially in Aleppo, the UN Security Council Resolutions 2393 (2017) and 2401 (2018), a written request from the Syrian side, as well as the existence of a large Armenian community in Aleppo.

“Issues related to the Armenian specialists’ stay in the territory of Syria, their status, functions and security are regulated by the legislation of Armenia,” the spokesman said.