Being on dialysis three times a week was hard enough, says Hashimova Gulmaya, but traveling 50 kilometers back and forth for the regular three hour treatments, she says, had simply overwhelmed her.
“For transportation, I paid 13 manats every time, three times a week, every week, and I was so tired. Getting there and back was awful. Now it is okay, and this is near my house,” she says from a new general hospital in the city where she lives.
The new hospital near Gulmaya’s home in the Azerbaijani city of Sheki was built by the country’s Ministry of Health.
The recently constructed facility is part of a larger government project, focused on improving Azerbaijan’s health sector, and assuring the country’s people get the essential medical attention they need, nearby.