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27 November 2020, 12:05

Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to help Poland handle coronavirus

MINSK, 27 November (BelTA) – Belarus is prepared to send doctors to Poland to treat coronavirus patients, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited Minsk City Clinical Hospital No. 6, BelTA has learned.

When visiting the hospital, the president spoke about the intention of the Polish authorities to attract Belarusian medics. "We need to treat our patients, but we are prepared to help Poland. But let's do it in the right way: if they ask, we will send a brigade to help them," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

On 27 November the Belarusian leader visited Minsk City Clinical Hospital No. 6. Igor Yurkevich, the chief physician of the hospital, reported to Aleksandr Lukashenko that more than a thousand employees are providing medical care to patients with coronavirus. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the hospital have treated 5,500 people with COVID-19. Now there are 767 patients in the hospital, 28 of them are in intensive care.

The average salary in the hospital in October exceeded Br2,200. The average salary of doctors is more than Br3,300, that of the mid-level medical staff – Br2,400, and other employees – Br1,036. "Doctors working in the ICU get about Br7,000-9,000,” stressed Igor Yurkevich. “People have grown used to the good salary and are happy to work. Young specialists have purchased apartments thanks to these allowances."

“This work is of paramount importance. If a person works in the red zone, he or she needs to get a high salary,” the president said.

After hearing out the reports, Aleksandr Lukashenko went to the unit with coronavirus patients. The head of state is also expected to get familiar with the transfusiology center of the hospital. Here, the head of state was told how the blood donation process is organized. According to specialists, the hospital receives 120-150 blood, plasma and platelet donors a day.

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