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29 April 2022, 10:03

Lukashenko to visit Chechersk to discuss restoration of Chernobyl-hit regions

CHECHERSK DISTRICT, 29 April (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to visit Chechersk District, Gomel Oblast on 29 April, BelTA has learned.

The head of state will be briefed on the social and economic development of the district and Gomel Oblast and also the efforts to mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident and restoration of the contaminated areas.

During his working visit the president is expected to take a look at the dairy farm Otor to get familiar with the technological process of milk production. The president will also discuss spring planting works in the district and Gomel Oblast in general.

Providing medical care to the population of the regions affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident will be the main topic during Aleksandr Lukashenko's visit to the Chechersk central district hospital.

The sixth state program to mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident is underway and will run through 2025. Its total financing will make up almost Br3 billion. Since 1990, Belarus has spent over $19 billion on Chernobyl program activities. Under the sixth program, benefits and compensation payments for victims of the accident amounted to some Br164 million.

More than 84,000 people, including over 75,000 children, received treatment in rehabilitation and health-improvement centers. Modern medical equipment worth Br250,000 were purchased for children's rehabilitation centers. Implementation of protective measures in agricultural production continues, with 1,300 km of open on-farm reclamation networks repaired and 341,400 ha of agricultural lands checked for radiation. A total of 724 houses and apartments were connected to the gas supply system. Some 34km of gas pipelines and 17.6km of water supply networks were installed. Three deferrization stations and two artesian wells were put into operation. The program activities also include the construction of four dairy farms, four grain drying complexes and one breeding pig complex in Dobrush District.

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