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29 April 2022, 12:35

Lukashenko stresses importance of meeting country's needs in medications

CHECHERSK, 29 April (BelTA) – It is of crucial importance to fully meet the needs of the country's healthcare sector in medications and medical equipment, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during his visit to the Chechersk central district hospital on 29 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state was briefed on healthcare services available in the regions affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, and in Chechersk District in particular.

According to Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich, the health status of the residents of the regions most suffered from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant does not differ from the average across the country. However, medical institutions in such regions are fitted with some special equipment to provide regular health check-ups for early detection and prevention. Moreover, the minister noted, residents of Chechersk District have a very responsible attitude to annual check-ups.

Special attention was paid to the birth rate. The birth rate in the district has been steadily high in recent years. A total of 171 children were born in 2021, which is higher than the regional average.

The president was interested in the provision of medications and medical equipment and set a clear objective to make sure they are available in the required volume: “Sanctions should be out of question here.” The head of state was told that the task is being fulfilled.

Aleksandr Lukashenko was shown the X-ray room, the interdistrict CT room, the interdistrict haemodialysis unit, the operation room for minimally invasive surgery and the pediatric department. The president talked to hospital staff and patients. Children undergoing treatment at the hospital received sweet gifts from the head of state.

The Chechersk central district hospital has 99 beds, a clinic with 300 visits per shift, and the Nisimkovichi nursing hospital with 38 beds. The hospital also includes five general practitioner outpatient clinics and seven first aid stations. In total, the hospital serves 60,000 people.

The hospital staff make up some 430 specialists. A CT room was opened in the hospital in early 2022. The hospital performs laparoscopic surgeries thanks to highly qualified doctors and availability of special equipment.

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