MINSK, 28 October (BelTA) – Some types of routine medical care will be suspended in Minsk, Dmitry Cherednichenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Healthcare Committee of the Minsk City Hall, told reporters, BelTA has learned.
Routine care will be suspended for people with chronic cardiac pathology and people with gastroenterological conditions. Routine surgeries will also be put on hold.
At the same time, routine care will not be suspended for children and patients with traumas, gynecological diseases, eye diseases and cancer. “These groups of patients will be able to receive routine care in the usual mode in hospitals or hospital departments that were not repurposed for coronavirus,” Dmitry Cherednichenko said.
According to him, the situation with COVID-19 in Minsk is developing in line with forecasts. “We expected the second wave, it is gradually increasing,” Dmitry Cherednichenko said. He noted that after the first wave ‘in fact, we did not have a break, because there were sporadic cases in July, August, September'. “We did not dismantle sluices, isolation structures and other devices in hospitals. Now all departments are ready to continue to receive COVID-19 patients,” he added.
There are 2,068 hospital beds and more than a hundred beds equipped with ventilators in Minsk. “We have an action plan for any scenario, therefore things are easier now for medical professionals who worked in the first wave, for healthcare managers and for the entire healthcare system in general,” he said.
All healthcare facilities are provided with personal protective equipment, there is a replenishable 1-1.5 months' stock of PPE. The stock of some PPE items is bigger.