Social & Health

 

Armenia’s National Center for Tuberculosis Control to be reorganized into National Center of Pulmonology
/Mar 11/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s National Center for Tuberculosis Control will be reorganized into the National Center of Pulmonology to streamline the efforts aimed at eliminating tuberculosis and other lung-related diseases in the country, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said on Monday, speaking at an extraordinary meeting of the parliamentary committee on human rights and public affairs. 
He said about 5 billion drams are earmarked to treat patients with TB free of charge each year.
According to the WHO, tuberculosis is the most deadly infectious disease in the world, being ahead of AIDS. In 2017, 10 million people became infected with it and 1.6 million died from the disease. At the same time, thanks to the efforts of the world community, since 2000, some 54 million deaths from tuberculosis have been prevented and an annual reduction in new infections by 2% has been achieved.
 

Yerevan should get rid of aggressive and cancer-causing environment, Inga Zarafyan says
/Mar 16/Panorama/

Environmentalist Inga Zarafyan, President at Ecolur NGO, welcomes the steps and measures by the Yerevan Mayor’s Office to restore the green zone in the capital city.  “Yerevan has the highest level of cancer causing and allergic diseases which is no coincidence. It should finally get rid of the aggressive environment created around our city,” Zarafyan told Panorama.am

The environmentalist reminded that the issue with the green zones first came in the 90s when they were replaced by illegal constructions which were later legalized.

Zarafyan believes that while implementing its urban greening policies, the Mayor’s Office should present a serious plan. Green zones should be restored around the capital city as the Dalma and Nork parks
served once. ”No forests are in Yerevan, green spaces and parks are destroyed and now our courtyards are being destroyed. We had to start from one point. We welcome the decision of the Mayor’s Office and remind that it is a major project which is not realized with just one step and in one year,” she said, expressing hope the city authorities will also involve interested NGOs specialized in the sphere.  

In the specialist’s words the capital city needs four-layer greening  – tall, middle and low trees,  as well as flowers and grass spaces. As Zarafyan said, attention should be paid also to the species of the green population tailored to the specific needs of the city depending on the level of pollution Yerevan has.

To remind, the Yerevan Municipality carries out dismantling woks of several cafes located in the vicinity of the Opera House in downtown Yerevan as part of a program to restore the green zone around the building. The dismantling of the cafes started on Wednesday, four weeks after the Yerevan Municipality formally notified the cafe owners to vacate the premises, since the city is halting its lease contracts.
 

Armenia Deputy PM on job cuts Armenia Deputy PM on job cuts
/Mar 18/News.am/

There will be no job cuts in the first phase of the changes to the structure of the government. This is what Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan told journalists on 18 March.

When asked if the statements on 10,000 job cuts was exaggerated or not, the Deputy Prime Minister said he believed so.

Due to the changes to the structure of the government, it is envisaged to cut the number of ministries from 17 to 12. In addition, according to Armenia’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Suren Papikyan, regional councils will lay off up to 30% of their employees.
 

Alaverdi in Lori region is the most polluted town of Armenia
/Mar 18/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The towns of Vanadzor and Alaverdi in the northern province of Lori and the town of Hrazdan in the central province of Kotayk were the most polluted towns in Armenia in 2018.  
A study of air pollution conducted by the Ministry of Nature Protection, found excessive quantities of pollutants in these towns, which were more that the annual average allowable concentration.
The study revealed that Alaverdi was the most polluted town of Armenia last year. In particular, the dustiness rate exceeded the norm 1.8 times, and excessive quantity of sulfur dioxide content in air was also recorded.
Sulfur dioxide is one of the main gases polluting the atmosphere. Contamination by sulfur compounds released into the atmosphere when coal, oil and natural gas are burned represents the greatest danger to public health, as well as metal smelting and sulfuric acid production.
Exceeding quantity of sulfur dioxide was also recorded in the town of Vanadzor by 1.6 times. In the town of Hrazdan, Kotayk region, the recorded dustiness rate was 1.3 times higher than the permissible amount. In Yerevan and in other towns embraced by the study the quantity of dust and other substances in the air was  within the normal range.

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