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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Russian Military Medics Vaccinate Syrian Refugees to Prevent Epidemics


Russian military medical personnel are treating residents in Umm-al-Tiur in Syria’s Hama Governorate who returned to their homes after the end of hostilities. Military doctor Vyacheslav Bolshakov told reporters:

The people in the specified community may be at risk of endemic typhoid and viral hepatitis A. We’re administering typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines to civilians. Initially, we worked with the administration and the mayor. They conducted an outreach campaign, addressing people with the need, and we carried out the vaccinations.

The terrorists failed to reach central Umm-al-Tiur during military operations but carried out regular attacks on the community, badly damaging the electric and water supply systems. The local authorities are restoring the infrastructure with support from Russian specialists, who are gathering samples for analysis in order to evaluate the serviceability of the water system and delousing the city yards and streets. Russian military medical personnel and local authorities are carrying out outreach activities and establishing vaccinating centres to avoid epidemics. As many as 27 communities in the southern de-escalation zone in Quneitra, as-Suwayda, and Daraa Governorates joined the ceasefire and sided with the Syrian government over the past week due to negotiations conducted by the Russian Reconciliation Centre for the Opposing Sides.

6 July 2018




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Orthodox Hieromonk sez Refusal of Medical Treatment is a Sectarian Notion, Not Truly Religious


On Wednesday, Hieromonk Makary Markish, the head of the internet project Batyushka Online, told us that only sectarians refuse necessary medical treatment, for all traditional religions hold that medical intervention is a good thing. Earlier, the Leninsky Raion Court in Ivanovo granted the Prokuratura’s demand that a blood transfusion for a girl should go ahead despite her father’s refusal on grounds of religious belief. Fr Makary noted:

We don’t need to involve the concept of “religion”. This belief (of the girl’s father: RIA Novosti) isn’t religious, it’s sectarian. It’s an attempt to put people in irons using pseudo-religion. We must rigorously draw a line between religions and sects. Unfortunately, the law hasn’t defined this border yet, although work on it is already in underway. We don’t know what religion the girl’s father professed. However, such a situation arose with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their prohibition of medical procedures is one of their tricks to limit human freedom. In Orthodoxy, such a situation is impossible. For us, religious life is a mixture of human earthly life and the Heavenly Kingdom. In this context, we see that medicine is an honourable profession; it benefits both bodily health and the soul’s health. In principle, it simply isn’t contrary to religious beliefs.

18 January 2017

RIA Novosti


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Dr Liza Gave DNR and LNR 800 Kilos of Blood Transfusion Reagents

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Today, Dr Ye P Glinka (commonly known as “Dr Liza”), a member of the RF Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, announced:

We gave 800 kilos of blood transfusion reagents to health facilities in the DNR and LNR.

Previously, the humanitarian organisation Справедливая помощь (Spravedlivaya Pomoshch: Fair Aid) repeatedly delivered medical supplies to the DNR and LNR. In particular, in early November, Dr Liza took albumin and antibiotics to the DNR to treat a boy seriously injured in the terakt* at the Torez polygon*.

30 December 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”
  • Polygon: Russian colloquialism for a military base, due to polygonal concrete blocks on the drill ground and airfields

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Plotnitsky Toured New LRKB Unit

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Today, LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky visited the Lugansk all-Republic Clinical Hospital (LRKB), to acquaint himself with the progress of preparations for the launch of the first minimally-invasive/endoscopic surgery clinic in the Republic. Plotnitsky praised the active development of the leading medical centres of the Republic, the introduction of promising innovative treatment techniques and the high quality of the training of their qualified specialists, stating:

The LRKB goes to the cosmic level. Recently, our friends from Moscow confirmed the qualification of our surgeons and conformity of the equipment that we’ve received. Therefore, the Republic can only benefit from this. Now, we can increase the number of operations, and we can offer a higher level of care. That’s great and it’s thanks to the efforts of the Minster of Health, the head physician, and the entire staff. The clinic will soon receive the necessary funding to set up dialysis treatment with artificial kidney apparatus. Today, we took the decision to allocate the money needed by the hospital. In return, we’re getting six people who need dialysis treatment. However, if we compare the money with people’s lives, then, the cost doesn’t matter.

Dr Oleg Volman, the head of the LRKB added:

Today our physician staffing level is at 46 percent, the general medical staff level is at 60 percent, and we have a full complement of nurses. Over the past six months, 48 doctors came back [to work in Republic]. The hospital has highly qualified doctors who can work on this equipment. Of course, we want all our doctors to return and resume their work. After all, today, we’re back to the pre-war level of patients, so, that means that we have a shortage of doctors; therefore, their workload is twice as much as normal. .

LNR Health Minister Larisa Airapetyan shared plans for further development at the LRKB:

On the ground floor at the hospital, we plan to open an emergency casualty ward. We have the equipment on order. Another important point is that we’re going to launch therapy using hemodialysis machines. We’re going to make a distinction between chronic and acute cases. We’d further develop our cardiac surgery. In particular, we’d continue the practise of coronary stenting for the treatment of heart attack patients. We retrained our specialists in Krasnodar recently. At the same time, there are problems constraining development. We’ve had a problem with pacemakers. However, we’ve tackled this, so, within two months, we expect to have imported models on hand. We have to keep up with advances in heart surgery… that would reduce the death rate from heart attacks. Of course, the war saw a slight uptick in these… as a minimum, we want to return to the pre-war figures. We also want to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) services. Implementation of these plans requires a number of prerequisites. First, we need to learn the procedure of running a medical-genetic laboratory. We’d base it in the perinatal centre, and we’ve taken the first steps in this direction. To head this effort, we’ve transferred our leading gynaecologist Oleg Aliboevicha Valiev. I really want us to have IVF, because I’m an obstetrician myself. We’re going to work on it.

13 October 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


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