YEREVAN. – At its Cabinet session on Thursday, the government of Armenia decided to allocate AMD 9,436,800 to the Ministry of Defense—from the government reserve fund—to carry out in Germany the medical treatment of military serviceman Hayk Sekhliyan, who was wounded while performing his military duty.
Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan recalled that the incident had taken place on April 5, 2016, in Talish village of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Senior Sergeant Sekhliyan had suffered a spine and a spinal cord injury in a landmine explosion.
“The [allocated] money includes the costs of inpatient treatment and accommodation, travel expenses,” Tonoyan explained. “There is a professional conclusion that Hayk Sekhliyan’s [medical] treatment is not possible in Armenia.”
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in turn, stated that they had discussed this matter for quite a long time and in detail.
“[And] we have come to the conclusion that in all cases when proper [medical] treatment can be implemented in the Republic of Armenia, we won’t go to such solutions,” Pashinyan added. “But in cases where there is a clear, professionally-based need, [then] of course [the medical treatment can be implemented abroad].”