MINSK, 7 August (BelTA) - In the fight against the coronavirus, medical workers, having forgotten about all the regalia, worked towards a common goal without sparing any effort, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with employees of the country's healthcare system to present state awards on 7 August, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed this is a truly historic day, because for the first time this place has hosted awardees representing one profession. “I am happy that you, our doctors, all who was involved in the fight against the virus, are gradually going back to a normal life. Finally you can hug your kids, wives, husbands, parents whom many of you have not seen for weeks and even months, because many of you lived in hospitals and laboratories all this time. I am sure that this parting was extremely difficult for you. You have chosen this, however, because of the fidelity to your professional duty,” the head of state said. According to the president, medical workers have taken risks and this does not only include the danger of contracting the COVID-19, but also both physical and emotional load, sleepless nights.
The head of state emphasized the importance of the fact that medical workers who fought against the virus have been honored across the country. He said that he wanted to invite all the medical workers and thank them. However, as it was impossible, he instructed officials to meet and thank all those who was involved in this work.
Healthcare workers from different regions of Belarus have been invited to the Palace of Independence. “I am glad to have this opportunity to personally thank you and all the medical workers of the country for your selfless, even heroic work,” said the head of state.
Among the awardees were pulmonologists and infectious disease specialists, as well as intensive care specialists, primary and ambulance doctors, nurses, assistants and paramedics, specialists of the sanitary-epidemiological service, laboratory workers, scientists, chief physicians, representatives of the Healthcare Ministry.
“All of you, having forgotten about regalia, worked towards a common goal without feeling sorry for yourself, and sometimes without even realizing at first what will happen tomorrow,” the president said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked senior students of medical universities: “They have not even had time to take the oath of a Belarusian doctor, but have already fulfilled all the points of this oath. By standing shoulder to shoulder with the certified specialists, these young medical workers proved that they would make good doctors.”
The president wished all the medical workers and their loved ones strong health, happiness and wellbeing. “May you live a long life. You have experienced a difficult period. However, thanks to this, we were able to see and appreciate what extraordinary people live among us. Thank you once again for all that you have done. We cannot feel complacent however. We have accumulated a great deal of experience in this fight and we must do everything to ensure that in the future there will be no second or third wave. If, God forbid, something happens, we must be prepared to stand together and protect our people,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.