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19 July 2022, 14:19

Kochanova: Government's huge investment in health sector should be appreciated

MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) – No other government in the world cares so much about its citizens as Belarus; huge resources are channeled into the healthcare sector, and this should be acknowledged and appreciated, Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova said at the opening of a renovated angiography room at Minsk City Hospital No. 2, BelTA has learned.

“I gladly accepted the invitation to visit this unique center, where advanced equipment was installed. The yesterday's meeting hosted by President Aleksandr Lukashenko focused on how the healthcare system should work today. Of course, we are proud of it. It encounters issues, like any other sector, but Belarusian doctors and other healthcare workers deserve the biggest praise for what they do. These are thousands of saved lives,” said Natalya Kochanova.

People are at the heart of the government's social policy in Belarus, the speaker of the upper house of parliament emphasized. “Perhaps, no other government in the world cares so much about its citizens; huge resources are channeled into the healthcare system, and this should be acknowledged and appreciated, especially now as we are living under the sanctions. Not a single social security program was dropped in Belarus, everything keeps working, people receive benefits and salaries, social security centers keep providing social services and such centers are well funded. It is important that social, cultural and healthcare facilities are fitted with the latest in equipment. We have recently reopened the Minsk Pediatric Dentistry Center, this facility is unique for Minsk and its services are very much in demand,” she stated.

“I am grateful to the Healthcare Ministry, local authorities, because this collaboration is bearing fruit. Minsk is yet to complete works at Minsk City Hospital No. 5, to build an infectious diseases hospital, to refurbish the children's infectious diseases hospital, although quite good conditions have already been created there,” added Natalya Kochanova. “The government spends huge money on healthcare. For example, the angiography room with all the equipment cost Br6.5 million. It will be able to deliver top-notch medical services. I sincerely congratulate you on the opening of such a unique facility that will help save the lives of our citizens. A doctor who treats the heart must also have a big and kind heart,” she added.

Minsk City Hospital No.2 is a multidisciplinary healthcare facility with the capacity for 595 beds, of which 170 beds are meant for cardiology patients. The clinic has three cardiology departments and two angiography rooms.

Angiography room No. 2 is designed for surgical treatment of patients diagnosed with complex cardiac rhythm and conduction abnormalities of the heart. Since it was opened in 2018, more than 2,000 patients have received operations, of which 1,600 have been high-tech surgeries.

In 2021, construction and installation works began on the second floor of the hospital that will accommodate an angiography complex.

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