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State awards for scientific works in Belarus should not be formal, President says

The state awards for scientific works should not be formal, said February 28 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said when visiting the centre of organ and tissue transplantation. The centre was recommended for the award of the State Prize for 2016.

Among the candidates are 20 works. Most related to science and technology: the a bank of plants' genetic resources, machinery for the timber industry and even scientific historical works.

The President familiarized himself with the projects. He said the state awards should not be formal in this area, otherwise the country might lose really valuable developments and achievements.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We've got a serious meeting on science ahead. Look at all the developers carefully.  Maybe some are not ready or are almost ready and we can already see the potential effect, it must deserve attention too. Try to encourage those who will not be nominated to also continue their work and promise that they will also get some attention in some other ways, get some incentives.

The President got acquainted with the work of the center for transplantation of organs and tissues. Belarus is currently in the top 20 most developed countries in this field. Belarus every year does over 400 transplants of liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreases, heart and does complex organ transplantation.

Today transplantology departments in Belarus operate in Brest, Minsk, Grodno, Gomel and Vitebsk.

In less than 10 years, Belarus has managed to master all the techniques from this field of surgery and develop own unique methods.