Visit to National Research Center for Organ and Tissue Transplantation

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State awards for scientific work should not be bestowed in a perfunctory manner. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he visited the NationalResearchCenter for Organ and Tissue Transplantation at Minsk City Hospital No.9 on 28 February.

During the tour of the research center Aleksandr Lukashenko was made familiar with the research papers nominated in 2016 for the state science and technology prize. The President underlined that state awards for scientific works should not be bestowed in a perfunctory manner. Otherwise, truly precious R&D products and accomplishments may fall off the radar.

“I would like to act within the framework of honesty and justice and those are based on objectiveness. We are going to have a serious government conference on science. It is necessary to have a look at all the developers. We should pay serious attention to them. If some research works are undeserving of a state prize, I would like you to put them aside — if you can see that the intended effect is colossal and the work deserves at least some attention — think and make proposals about what we are going to do with such people and works. I understand that not everyone deserves a state prize, because it would be depersonalized otherwise. But the effort merits some other kind of remuneration,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said he would like the Belarus President Administration to analyze what economic effect the scientific works, which received state prizes in previous years, have produced.

Apart from that, the President mentioned that heads of agencies or organizations are often listed as authors of many scientific works. “I see bosses as authors everywhere. I just cannot understand how the director of an enterprise can find spare time to sit and make wonders,” said the head of state. “I want authors, genuine authors, who deserve it. We don’t want people hanging onto someone else’s glory.”

When getting familiar with the projects nominated for the 2016 State Prize in Science and Technology, the President paid attention to the cycle of scientific works The Roots of Belarusian Statehood: The Lands of Polotsk and Vitebsk in the 9th-18thCenturies that present a new point of view on the process of formation of the territories of Eastern Slavonic early states and their centers.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that these issues concerning the development of the Belarusian state should be included in new school books. “This should be included in school books. We should present these processes to our people in an objective manner,” the President stressed. “If there is certain nationalism, it is healthy nationalism.”

The head of state drew a parallel between the past and the present. “Indeed, we are self-made, we were respected back then,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Some people are trying to shake this boat under the guise of “freeloading” or something else. They are trying to prove that these are not our lands. Therefore, it is very important for us.

“Freeloaders” should know that they are used for someone else’s benefit, they are used to destroy what we have, to ruin the things that we have restored, to impede our development,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was informed in detail about every scientific work nominated in 2016 for the state science and technology prize. The number included projects relating to organ transplantation, production sector, mechanical engineering, agriculture, oil extraction, civil engineering, history, and various technologies.

One of the nominees is the project to introduce cutting-edge scientific achievements in the organ transplantation for children and adults. The President got familiar with new medical technologies used in the center, toured the intensive care and transplantation departments, the cell technologies lab.

Head of the NationalResearchCenter for Organ and Tissue Transplantation Oleg Rummo said that the number of these organ transplantations went up more than 60 times (from eight to 502 surgeries) in comparison with 2005. Specialists of the center have devised brand-new methods, algorithms, and technologies. All that will help patients get back to normal life. Belarus is the CIS leader as far as the number of transplantations in concerned. In 2016, the country was placed 10th in the world in terms of the organ donation development ahead of many developed countries.

It is needed to consider the prospects of building a new center for the transplantation of organs and tissues in Belarus. “It is needed to analyze the cost of building an ultramodern center,” he said.

During the visit to the research center the head of state also talked to the patients, including children, presented souvenirs to them, wished them health and every success.