Kyrgyzstan’s health system struggles after longstanding turmoil

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    The central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan has suffered 30 years of political instability since independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

    One of the areas this is felt most is in the health sector.

    Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford visited a rehabilitation centre in Aksu which is struggling to treat children with a neurological condition that doctors say would be preventable if basic healthcare was available to pregnant mums.

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