Nikol Pashinyan inspects repair and refurbishment work at St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Center
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Accompanied by Acting Healthcare Minister Anahit Avanesian, Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the Saint Gregory the Illuminator MC to get acquainted with the ongoing repair and refurbishment work underway since 2019. MC Director Arman Hovakimyan presented the work done so far. In particular, in accordance with the relevant government decision adopted in 2019, the neurosurgical operating ward was equipped with a cutting-edge neurosurgical 3D navigator, a surgical microscope, endoscopes and a modern lighting system. Diagnostic devices have been purchased, including a computed tomograph, magnetic resonance tomograph and ultrasound equipment.
In accordance with the ordinance of the Minister of Healthcare of April 2, 2020, St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Center was reorganized to provide medical care to patients with COVID-19. As a result, about 17,000 patients received medical care at the center; 70% of them were in serious and extremely serious condition.
One of the surgical wards was converted into a maternity department equipped with Doppler equipment, as well as with equipment necessary for intensive therapy and infant reanimation. A new intensive care department intended for 40 patients has been commissioned. As a result, the medical center has become the largest such institution to provide reanimation services in Armenia. 9 surgical wards have been renovated and refurbished. The diagnostic department is fully equipped with digital remote radiographs, fluoroscopes, and a stationary digital X-ray system.
The laboratory is furnished with an extra automatic blood gas and electrolytes analyzer for centralized COVID-19 tests, and boasts equipment necessary for automatic bacteriological laboratory analysis and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The blood bank is connected to the lab; it has equipment necessary for automatic collection of donor blood and plasmapheresis.
The central building and the courtyard were repaired and reconstructed as part of rehabilitation activities: the sewage system was upgraded and a helicopter runway was installed for emergency delivery of patients from the provinces.