This confirmation comes directly from the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sadyr Japarov, in an interview with the Kabar news agency.
President Japarov revealed that currently, over 2,500 Kyrgyz citizens undergo hemodialysis treatment, with 50 among them already identified as potential recipients of kidney transplants, having undergone comprehensive medical evaluations and found suitable donors.
“The inaugural kidney transplant operation was a success. With two medical teams capable of performing 2-3 surgeries daily, we aim to conduct these procedures autonomously going forward,” stated President Japarov.
Highlighting the financial benefits, President Japarov explained, “The state stands to gain on two fronts. Firstly, by extending support to Kyrgyz citizens in need. Secondly, by realizing cost reductions.”
He elaborated, “The state expends approximately $14,000 to $15,000 annually on each patient undergoing hemodialysis, amounting to over 3 billion soms for the 2,500 individuals annually. By performing kidney transplants on patients with suitable donors, we anticipate considerable cost savings. Patients are responsible for securing their donors, emphasizing genetic compatibility.”
President Japarov emphasized the potential for significant savings, “By utilizing half of the funds allocated annually per hemodialysis patient, we can reinvest the remainder to eliminate expenses in subsequent years. Ceasing hemodialysis treatments translates to reduced state spending.”
Earlier reports confirmed the landmark moment on February 1, 2024, when a 22-year-old patient underwent the first-ever free kidney transplant at the National Center for Maternal and Child Health in Bishkek.