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26 October 2021, 11:12

Lukashenko explains why routine care should not be put on hold amid COVID-19

LIDA, 26 October (BelTA) – Routine medical care should not be suspended during the pandemic, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited Lida Central District Hospital on 26 October, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that the postponement of routine medical care can pose a risk for patients and be even more dangerous than the coronavirus itself. In addition, if routine medical care is put on hold, then healthcare facilities will face an overwhelming influx of patients when the pandemic is over.

“What if we face a surge in new cancer cases after COVID subsides? We will again have 500 people on the waiting list for cancer surgeries; the cancer care delivery system will be stretched thin again. Therefore, we should no way suspend treatment of other diseases,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president asked how are things on this front in Grodno Oblast. He noted that the region should keep providing the entire spectrum of medical care to patients.

“Nothing should be suspended - this is the task,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized once again.

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