MOSCOW, 20 April (BelTA) – A meeting of heads of medical services of the defense ministries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states took place on 20 April to discuss ways to improve medical support for the CSTO collective forces. The meeting was chaired by Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, the CSTO Joint Staff press service told BelTA.
Participants of the meeting paid close attention to discussing the development of common approaches to the organization of medical support for the CSTO collective forces and to preparing medical recommendations. Chief of the Medical Service of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel Ivan Pchelnikov presented a report on setting up a special medical unit as part of the CSTO peacemaking forces and including specialists from the CSTO member states into the medical unit. The officer remarked that the medical unit can be used to provide medical aid to victims in the course of social, natural, man-caused, and biological emergencies and to wounded and ill people in the course of operations of the CSTO peacemaking forces.
Medical support for this year's exercises of the CSTO collective forces was also discussed. Chief of the Medical Service Office of the Tajikistani Defense Ministry, Colonel Umar Islomzada presented a report on this topic. A procedure was determined for carrying out antiepidemic measures when troops arrive, participate in joint exercises, and leave. The need for barrier examinations of arriving personnel was stressed.
Participants of the meeting heard out a report about the improvement of antiepidemic anti-COVID measures in Russia's Armed Forces. They agreed to continue sharing information about the organization of antiepidemic measures against COVID-19 and about other topical matters concerning medical support for the CSTO collective forces.