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Monday, 12 October 2015

First Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Surgery Unit to Open at Lugansk LRKB

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Dr Oleg Volman, the head of the Lugansk all-Republic Clinical Hospital (LRKB) told us that the first minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery unit in the LNR would open on 1 November at the LRKB, saying:

We never had anything like this, not even anything analogous. We thank our political leadership, as the LNR Ministry of Health and LNR Health Minister Larisa Airapetyan worked so hard to open this unique clinic. We now have a completely new unit, a single centre offering the most-modern high-tech minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic surgery. We’d be able to do minimally invasive surgery performed through relatively small incisions in the skin, without extensive cutting and massive blood loss. We’ll remove this class of patient completely from general population and concentrate them in one unit. This significantly reduces the risks involved, including infections. This new unit will have proper equipment, with staff with expertise in these techniques and the ability to use the most up-to-date gear. We plan to open the doors on 1 November; on 2 November, we’d admit our first patients and carry out our first operations.

Andrei Mayatsky, Head of the LRKB Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery noted:

We’ll start out with trauma, gynaecological, and general surgery. Over time, we’d add endoscopic surgery, microsurgery, and vascular surgery. Despite the fact that the unit only has ten beds, the intensity and low invasiveness of treatment increases the number of treated patients, as most receive discharge a day or two after surgery. Although we’re only starting with ten beds, we eventually see the need to expand it. When we introduce new categories of surgery, if necessary, we’d add beds. This is high-intensity medicine, people will come, get their operations, and, given the specificity of these surgical interventions, we’d send them home or transfer them to outpatient facilities after one or two days. People won’t have to lie in bed for two weeks after a large abdominal operation. We have a fully provided material and technical base; we have all the equipment that we need. It’s in the pipeline, it isn’t here yet, we have it delivered, it just isn’t onsite yet. We’ve trained everybody on what to do, how to perform the operations, and how to run the equipment. We’ve trained all of our specialists; everybody knows the procedures. When we begin actual operations, we’d send our doctors on to further training, to gain additional skills. Over time, we’d train new interns; we must train and nurture more doctors.

11 October 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre



Saturday, 10 October 2015

DNR Doctors Saved Baby from LNR with Unique Skin Transplant Operation

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Today, Professor Emil Fistal, Director of the Gusak Institute of Emergency Reconstructive Surgery, told us that specialists at the Donetsk Burn Centre saved the life of an infant girl from the LNR by performing a complex skin transplant operation:

In the middle of September, a two-week-old girl came to us from Lugansk in serious condition. She had extensive necrosis of the skin. To save her, we had to perform a risky and complex operation to transplant skin tissue from the mother to the child. In my 50 years of medical practise, this was only the third such operation performed on a newborn. Implementation of such procedures in practical usage is extremely rare. Today our little patient feels well; we’re ready to discharge the baby.

The Donetsk Burn Centre is the informal name of the Department of Thermal Damage at the Gusak Institute of Emergency Reconstructive Surgery. It started operations in 1999 as part of the Oblast Central Hospital. Its specialists saved hundreds of lives of children and adults with burns of varying severity. One of the most severely injured patients at the facility was a 7-year-old boy wounded in the 24 September terakt* at the Torez Polygon*. Doctors continue to fight for his life.

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

9 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Export of Medicines from Russia to Novorossiya in the First Half of 2015 Increased Almost 200 Times

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Deputy Chairman of the DNR Union of Businessmen Aleksandr Polivyanov-Konotop stated that export of pharmaceuticals from Russia to Novorossiya grew almost 200 times in the first half of 2015:

In the first half of 2015, Russia sharply increased its commercial supply of drugs to DNR and LNR, from 3 million Roubles (293,000 Renminbi. 3.015 million INR. 46,000 USD. 61,200 CAD. 65,300 AUD. 41,400 Euros. 30,500 UK Pounds) to 590 million Roubles (57.6 million Renminbi. 592.8 million INR. 9.07 million USD. 12.07 million CAD. 12.87 million AUD. 8.13 million Euros. 6 million UK Pounds). Major Russian pharmaceutical companies reduced their trade with the DNR, but regional producers replaced them. The biggest Russian suppliers reduced their deliveries to the DNR and the LNR for fear of sanctions. In contrast, small suppliers in Rostov Oblast increased their deliveries. In all, they cover more than 75 percent of the market. Because of the Ukrainian blockade, Russia remains the only supplier of drugs.

Maxim Leshchenko, Head of Administration for the DNR Chairman of the Government, pointed up:

Local producers could contribute as well. The Republic has a great potential to produce medicines. A company with operations in Donetsk and Gorlovka could soon take over a significant share of the pharmaceutical products market.

28 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Monday, 29 June 2015

Zakharchenko Gave Donetsk Perinatal Diagnostics Centre New Ultrasound Machine

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Today, the Donetsk Special Medical Centre for Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis has a new ultrasound device thanks to the efforts of DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko. Dmitri Trapeznikov, a special aide to Chairman Zakharchenko for internal policy said, “Today, due to Chairman Zakharchenko’s efforts, we secured an ultrasound device for the perinatal centre. He had the opportunity to get such a device, so, he passed it on as a gift”. Yelena Ovchinnikova, the acting director of the medical centre, said that such equipment would reduce the number of children born with birth defects, “Women would receive a qualitative survey in its entirety. This is a new type of device. Our previous ultrasound machine used to be one of the leading models, but it’s been overtaken”. This is to make good damage caused by junta shellfire on 21 August 2914 to Donetsk City Hospital Nr 1, which includes the Special Medical Centre for Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis.

29 June 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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