Medical Worker Day in Kyrgyzstan Date in the current year: July 3, 2016

Medical Worker Day in Kyrgyzstan Medical Worker Day is a professional holiday celebrated in many former Soviet republics on various dates. In the Kyrgyz Republic, it is observed on the first Sunday in July.

President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev officially established Medical Worker Day in 1993 to commemorate the adoption of the Health Protection Act and Law on Medical Insurance in 1992. Health protection in Kyrgyzstan is coordinated by the country's Ministry of Health.

Kyrgyzstan was one of the first post-Soviet republics in the Central Asia to pass health protection legislation. In 1994, the WHO and the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic signed a memorandum to undertake a health care reform program.

The deteriorating state-supported health care system is being replaced with private health services. However, the country still suffers shortages of health professionals and has to import nearly all its medicines.

Medical Worker Day in Kyrgyzstan is a non-working holiday because it always falls on a weekend, therefore Kyrgyz medical workers are typically congratulated on the previous Friday or (rarely) on the following Monday. Celebrations includes official ceremonies, concerts and other festive events.

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