Aleksandr Lukashenko hears out report of Healthcare Minister Vasily Zharko

    On 9 December President of the Republic of Belarus Vasily Zharko met with Belarusian Healthcare Minister Vasily Zharko to receive his report.

    First of all, Aleksandr Lukashenko paid attention to the new order of selling medications ate pharmacies.

    “This resolution has provoked a fierce dispute in the society. People started to complain about the Healthcare Ministry not doing what it has to. The Healthcare Ministry needs to improve treatment conditions without imposing bureaucratic barriers,” the head of state said.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he had asked certain doctors to inform him about the state of affairs and had instructed the Information and Analytical Center at the Belarus President Administration to conduct a survey in the society.

    “People express a lot of criticism,” the head of state said.

    “Why did you take such measures when the number of viruses, epidemics and seasonal diseases was on the rise? As a result, the work load on doctors increased. There are many other issues,” the President said.

    “You say that someone lobbies these interests. You say that it was the right decision despite someone does not like it, mass media criticize it,” the head of state remarked.

    “Businessmen, owners of pharmacies and other people express their criticism in the mass media. Yes, we need to respond to it. We need to do something to keep foreign currency in the country. But please do it in a way that will not create problems for people,” the President emphasized.

    The head of state reminded about plans to raise the share of Belarus-made medications on the domestic market up to at least 50% by late 2015. He stressed that the medications must be up to world standards. “We don’t need other kinds of medications. The production of medications in Belarus must be up to world standards.”

    “We also have to think about exporting these medications. If their quality is inferior, they will sell neither in Russia, Ukraine, the Eurasian Economic Union, or the European Union. This is why we need at least 50% and of high quality,” the President stressed.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko wondered about the state of affairs in this regard. “Many experts tell me that we may produce the medications but they will not be certified for compliance in some parameters. Is that so? We have to satisfy the domestic demand because we used to spend at least half a billion in hard currency on medications every year and maybe even more,” the head of state noted. “Therefore, we need import substitution. And we should export the medications. There is no other way. We will have to get the medications certified and sell them. What is the state of affairs in this regard?” he added.