Board meeting on discussion of works done in the field of medical-social expertise and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and forthcoming tasks was held (VİDEO)
Board meeting on discussion of works done in the field of medical-social expertise and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities and forthcoming tasks was held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Opening the meeting, the minister of labour and social protection of population Salim Muslumov emphasized that the creation of a modern and transparent infrastructure of medical and social expertise and rehabilitation system is one of the key components of the reform program of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev on the development of the social sphere. The minister said that in accordance with the Decree of the Head of State dated 14 September 2015, electronicization of the disability sssessment procedure based on the Medical-Social Expertise and Rehabilitation Sub-System has been an effective reform in this area in recent years. Automated systems on areas of activity of the Ministry adopted as modern and efficient and transparent working mechanisms which are reasonable to share within the framework of the South-South Cooperation and are also practical in other Southern countries by the United Nations, including the Medical-Social Expertise and Rehabilitation Sub-System was placed in the UN portal called "Cooperation Mechanisms and Solutions within the framework of South-South Cooperation in Arab states, Europe and the CIS region" as good practices. S.Muslumov noted that in accordance with the "Regulation on criteria for determination of disability and limitation of health opportunities" approved by the relevant decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, from the beginning of 2016, determination of the first degree of disability termless, extension of the period of the second and third degrees of disability up to five years, and the period of limitation of health up to 3 years, resulted in the elimination of the practice of re-evaluation of disability every year and were welcomed by those people. As a result of these reforms, the necessity of re-examination of a total of 250 thousand people every year has been eliminated: "Last year, the period of limitation of health has been extended automatically by the Medical-Social Expertise and Rehabilitation Sub-System". The minister said, however, it is important for TSEKs to improve the objective approach in some cases with regard to disability appointments on the basis of the illness information contained in the system for determining the disability. Accurate analysis of disease information by TSEKs mentioned, first of all, in the form of relevant notification in the assessment of any person's disability. This factor is an important precondition for a more objective, accurate approach to the assessment of disability and TSEKs should be more responsive to these issues. Because they carry out an assessment of disability based on the information they receive only through the system, without the need for additional information. Stressing the work towards restoration of health of persons with disabilities, realization of rehabilitation potentials is strengthened from year to year, S.Muslumov stated that last year, recovery services have been rendered to 39.8 thousand persons with disabilities and children with limited health in inpatient and outpatient conditions by the ministry's recovery centers. The minister underlined that as a result of the special attention and care of the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, important steps have been taken in recent years to establish medical-social rehabilitation system in line with modern requirements: "Today, there are recovery and treatment conditions, modern medical devices, rehabilitation equipment at the highest standards at the Republican Rehabilitation Center for Disabled and Children's Rehabilitation Center of the ministry. State Rehabilitation Institute of Children with Special Needs created as a result of the initiative and support of First Vice President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva has significantly increased the possibilities of providing children with disabilities with modern and effective physiotherapeutic treatment services. Work is also carried out to build a number of other rehabilitation centers of the ministry in accordance with modern requirements". Noting the importance of strengthening rehabilitation measures based on social model in the activity of the rehabilitation centers, the minister brought to the attention that the implementation of the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities on a social model plays an important role in the world's best practice. S.Muslumov pointed out that the Rehabilitation Center for Juveniles with limited vision created in Zabrat settlement of Baku will allow them to carry out social and occupational rehabilitation work at a level that meets the modern standards. Speaking at the meeting, the deputy minister of labour and social protection of population Natig Mammadov and others brought to the attention the work carried out in the field of medical and social expertise, prevention of disability, development and implementation of individual rehabilitation programs for persons with disabilities, improving the legislation on those people, enhancing the knowledge and professionalism of TSEK staff, consideration of citizens' appeals on the relevant field, and etc. It was also spoken about the upcoming tasks at the meeting, in which the work done in the field of medical and social expertise and the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in 2017 were discussed in detail. Along with the positive results achieved in the field of relevant activity, decisions were made to address the shortcomings and deficiencies and to take disciplinary action against individual officials who could not properly function.