The professionalism of medical workers has played a crucial role in tackling the spread of coronavirus infection in Belarus, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with the staff of Dokshitsy Central District Hospital on 21 July, BelTA has learned.
According to him, in Vitebsk Oblast the Dokshitsy hospital was the second one after the medical facilities of Vitebsk to take on the coronavirus. “Its team handled it well. We thank you for your resilience and commitment. The professionalism of medical workers played a decisive role in overcoming the difficult situation," Vladimir Andreichenko thanked the hospital staff.
The good physical infrastructure of the medical institution was an important factor that helped the medics in difficult conditions, in his opinion. “An excellent dentistry was inaugurated here a few years ago. The hospital units were upgraded, the catering facility was retrofitted. Now the polyclinic is being undergoing major repairs,” Vladimir Andreichenko noted.
Vladimir Andreichenko also highlighted the strategy that Belarus adhered to during the epidemiological situation. “We did not quarantine or close borders in the country. I think, thanks to the right balance of therapeutic and preventive measures, we were able to avoid serious outbreaks and the spread of coronavirus infection," he said.
The social policy in the healthcare sector to preserve the bed stock, medical staff and infectious disease units in district hospitals have helped us overcome the situation. Residential care homes were taken under special control. “There are 153 residential care homes in Belarus, including 24/7 residential units. They are home to 22,000 people, of whom 5,200 are bedridden. The service staff is 15,000 people. They took a very responsible attitude to their duties, having self-isolated and switching to a 14-day shift work mode. Thanks to this we managed to prevent major outbreaks of the disease there,” said the chairman of the House of Representatives.
All undertaken measures helped deal with the coronavirus wave, Vladimir Andreichenko said. “We cannot feel complacent however. You see that the second wave is underway in Europe. That is why we need to follow your recommendations: wear face masks, wash hands regularly and exercise social distancing. We need to take care of our loved ones,” he added.
Vladimir Andreichenko also presented commendation letters of the chairman of the House of Representatives to medical workers of Dokshitsy Central Hospital Lyudmila Zakharevich, Natalia Chumak, and Natalia Pyatnitsa.
Talking to the media, Natalia Chumak emphasized a great team spirit of the personnel. “No one complained. Solidarity helped us withstand. Ordinary people supported us as well. We got help from everywhere,” the doctor said.