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Belarus introduces public health safety plan ahead of European Games

Society 14.05.2019 | 18:10

MINSK, 14 May (BelTA) – Belarus is implementing a large-scale public health safety plan in the run-up to the 2nd European Games, head of the anti-epidemic department of the National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health Dmitry Golotik told the media on 14 May, BelTA has learned.

According to the specialist, the plan covers cafes, restaurants, stores and other catering and retail facilities. The catering personnel are undergoing medical checks and vaccination. The catering center for the athletes of the 2nd European Games is equipped with the latest technology.

Permanent sanitary control will be in place at all sports facilities, hotels, and the Students' Village that will host the participants of the forthcoming competitions.

Belarus holds regular public health exercises to respond to outbreaks of any communicable diseases, including acute enteric infections.

As it has been reported earlier, the Healthcare Ministry evaluated epidemiological risks of infectious diseases being imported and spread during the 2nd European Games. Taking into account the season, the biggest risks are associated with acute intestinal infections, including viral etiology. Dmitry Golotik noted that major infectious hospitals have necessary bedspace and that teams have been set up at the national and territorial centers of hygiene, epidemiology and public health. “People are undergoing training, the teams are equipped with everything necessary for sanitation, epidemic prevention and disinfection measures if they are needed,” he noted.

The 2nd European Games will be held in 12 sport venues. More than 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete in 200 medal events in 15 sports.

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