Armine Sadikyan, Coordinator of Peace Building Projects of HCA Vandzor, says that like the previous year, this year also most of the applications referred to that issue when the citizens disagreed with the conclusions of the medical committee on their health.
“The law provides for a comprehensive medical examination but it does not apply to all conscripts, medical conclusions are controversial by various medical institutions. And the central medical institution is based on the data that is in the disadvantage of a conscript. Instead of sending the conclusion to the 3rd medical institution to deny or approve, a decision is immediately made,” Armine Sadikyan said during the press conference at Media Center on December 25.
Arthur Sakunts, Chairman of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office, says that the most urgent problem is the issue of eligibility in the case of a combination of several diseases.
“If a person has 5 diseases, he is recognized eligible with some restrictions and is given a prolongation for one year. We raise a question, and why one? Why not two? We find that in case of having more than one disease, the issue of the eligibility of a person must be considered on this level and be immediately deducted,” Sakunts said.
At the same time, he emphasizes that if prolongation is applied, it is given to solve health issues.
“But we know that this medical service is not provided during the prolongation, and so it is of a formal character, and then during the next conscription the same person is considered eligible when no positive tendency or growth has been recorded in his health condition. We even had conscripts who were taken to a military hospital shortly afterwards,” Sakunts said.
Sakunts adds that the right of medical examination of a person should be fulfilled in confidential conditions not in the presence of some people.
“Both the recruitment committee and the medical commission should not only exercise their powers in the manner prescribed by law but should also inform the conscript about their rights. This is not conducted,” Sakunts said.
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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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