Ministry of Healthcare (Azerbaijan)
|Azərbaycan Respublikasının Səhiyyə Nazirliyi|
Coat of arms of Azerbaijan
|Formed||June 17, 1918|
|Headquarters||4 Kiçik Dəniz Street, Baku, Azerbaijan Republic AZ1014|
The Ministry of Healthcare of Azerbaijan Republic, also known as Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan Republic (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikasının Səhiyyə Nazirliyi) is a governmental agency within the Cabinet of Azerbaijan in charge of regulating the healthcare system in Azerbaijan Republic. The ministry is headed by Ogtay Shiraliyev.
The Ministry of Healthcare was established on June 17, 1918 by the decree of Council of Ministers of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic led by Fatali Khan Khoyski. The first appointed minister was Khudadat Rafibeyli, who had graduated from Kharkov University in 1903 and was the most experienced surgeon in the country at the time. The ministry consisted of five departments, including city healthcare department, healthcare statistics, therapy, rural healthcare and veterinary offices. The medical care was provided to the population free of charge while the authorities built new hospitals, laboratories, medicine wearhouses and purchased medical equipment. Throughout the 23-month-long existence of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, 33 hospitals operated in Azerbaijani provinces with each having 1 doctor, 2 paramedics, 1 gynecologist and one nurse conducting vaccinations. According to statistics, there was only one doctor per every 75,000 citizens. Due to the shortage, the Azerbaijani parliament included building of 35 new hospitals and 56 paramedical office in 1920 fiscal budget committing AZN 43,321,950. During the Soviet rule of Azerbaijan, new hospitals and pharmacies were built. In 1960-70s, the medical sector was enhanced and new ambulance services opened for public. The ministry today operates under statute signed by President Heydar Aliyev on December 29, 1998.
Main functions of the ministry are organization and regulation of healthcare system in the country to provide sufficient medical care to the population; preparation and implementation of state healthcare programs; conduct activities for improvement of services by medical companies in both state and private sector; regulation of sanitary-epidemiology stations in the country; preparation of programs on parenthood and family planning; provision of medical drugs, bactereological and antivirus products to hospitals; regulations and development of pharmacy offices networks; research and development of medical equipment manufacturing; prevention of dangerous diseases in the country and so forth.
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