MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - Belarusian doctors are providing assistance to refugees and journalists as Polish border guards used tear gas and doused water cannons against them, the head of the healthcare department of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee Lyudmila Keda said, BelTA has learned.
Specialists of Grodno's healthcare institutions are treating all victims on the spot, Lyudmila Keda noted.
"Another ambulance vehicle has just left to the border. Standby medical team is promptly providing medical assistance to all refugees and journalists hit with tear gas and hosed with water cannons, but the number of victims is growing," the press service said.
The Main Healthcare Department of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee has developed procedures to provide medical assistance to the refugees stuck on the border. An ambulance team (a doctor and two medical assistants) are on standby at the Bruzgi border checkpoint. In the case of mass admissions, the team will coordinate the transportation of patients to the healthcare institutions of Grodno.
According to the press service, doctors who were on standby at the border from 10 to 16 November provided medical care to 21 citizens of Morocco, Turkey, Cuba, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Syria, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire and Sudan. Four patients - one adult and three children - were hospitalized. The main complaints were fatigue, cough and fever. These symptoms were associated first of all with hypothermia and wet clothing. Within the past few hours, people had complaints related to eye pain and breathing difficulty.