3. Providing health services effectively
The section on PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES EFFECTIVELY describes approaches for service delivery planning and patient pathways for suspected COVID-19 cases. It also considers efforts by countries to maintain other essential services during periods of excessive demand for health services.
3.1 Planning services
The most modern hospital in the country, the 575-bed “New Clinic”, and three new city hospitals (with a further 500 beds) opened in March 2020 and were made available to COVID-19 patients. Ten modern modular hospitals, each with 200 beds, 6 of which will be rapidly built by the state and four by private entrepreneurs are also planned. By Presidential order, 200 ventilators have been bought, and a plant for the production of medical masks, medical alcohol and disinfectants has been established in Sumgait.
The Ministry of Health has launched a new project in August, called Teletababat, to provide remote diagnostics of COVID-19 patients via video calls. This telehealth project also allows patients to pass a medical examination online for medical certificates. The “Video Doktor” mobile app has also been launched to enable remote medical consultations for all patients during the COVID-19.
A vaccination strategy against coronavirus (COVID-19) is being developed:
o In the initial phase, 20 percent of the population will be vaccinated;
o The government has identified the risk groups who should be vaccinated first: health workers, law
enforcement agencies working in close contact with the population, and people who have underlying conditions.
o Vaccination will be voluntary.