The refurbishment will result in addition of a second, and vitally needed, delivery room, replacement of the roof, a complete makeover of the ward’s interior, and installation of central heating.
“While the care and affection provided by Armenian mothers are key factors in good child rearing, the availability of well-appointed medical facilities is critically important to the health of children throughout their lives,” says Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. “This is the reason that the fund focuses considerable attention on renovating healthcare establishments, and especially maternity wards, throughout Armenia and Artsakh.”
Built in 1967, the three-story Charentsavan Hospital serves not only the city of Charentsavan, but several nearby communities, comprising a total population of over 35,000. The facility features departments of surgery, physical therapy, and infectious diseases as well as a polyclinic, in addition to the maternity ward. The hospital employs a staff of 72, including 18 doctors.
Dr. Garnik Sahakyan, director of the hospital, says that close to 370 babies are delivered annually at the facility, and the number of deliveries this year has already reached 91. For the duration of the maternity ward’s reconstruction, deliveries will be performed in temporary rooms.