INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 234

economy.. 2

Uzbekistan Adopts 2020 Program of Development of Hydropower Industry. 2

Society.. 2

How Uzbekistan Decreases HIV incidence. 2

 

economy

Uzbekistan Adopts 2020 Program of Development of Hydropower Industry

The Uzbek government has approved the program of development of electric hydropower industry of the country in 2016-2020 valued at $889.4 million.

The program was adopted in order to achieve economies of hydrocarbon resources, by further diversification of the fuel balance of the country. An important factor in the rational use of hydrocarbon is also a technical and technological modernization and the creation of new generation capacities in hydropower industry based on the latest achievements of world practice.

In accordance with the program, Uzbekistan will construct nine new hydroelectric power plants (HPP). Fifteen plants will be modernized. This will further develop to produce up to 5.25 billion kWh of electricity per year. The program will be funded with foreign loans worth $411.25 million as well as the funds of the Uzbek side – $ 478.2 million.

In particular, Uzbekenergo JSC will build four new hydroelectric power plants with total design capacity of 23.5 MW.  Moreover, 11 existing hydropower plants will be modernized with an additional output of 3.57 billion kWh of electricity per year.

The system of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of the country intends to build five small hydroelectric power plants with capacity of 70.9 MW. The Ministry will modernize three hydropower plants and increase their capacity to 465 MW and energy production to 1.406 billion kWh.

(Source: IA «Uzbekistan Today»)

Society

How Uzbekistan Decreases HIV incidence

The number of annually registered HIV patients in Uzbekistan has decreased this Year.

The difference is not so big. Compared with the same periods of the past and the current year, 70 fewer people have been registered this year.

The deputy director of the Republican Center for AIDS, Dildora Mustafayeva, told Uzbekistan Today about that in details.

“Reducing the incidence is a new trend. However, the number of newly diagnosed cases per year has not exceeded four thousand for several years. This is a result of the implementation of targeted programs improving availability of qualified medical care and effective preventive work.

The country has established the national center for AIDS, which has branches in all regions of Uzbekistan. All these facilities have modern equipment, providing the highest diagnostic accuracy. Fifty-nine inter-district diagnostic laboratories have been created for the convenience of the population.

We managed to achieve broad coverage of preventive diagnostics. Migrant workers, people who marry and pregnant women must pass it. It helps to identify the disease at an early stage and provide qualified medical care, improve the quality and increase lifespan.

Previously, patients had to go for medication in the regional center. Now they get medicine from an infectious disease physician at the place of residence. All the innovations that improve the quality of patients’ life are being put into practice. For example, in 2006, when the country was just beginning to practice retroviral therapy, a patient had to take 12 capsules of drug. Today, only one capsule before bedtime is enough. Local hospitals have several kinds of drugs, so doctors can choose treatment individually in the case of individual intolerance.”

(Source: IA «Uzbekistan Today»)

 

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