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Mortality from cardiovascular diseases drops in Moscow

April 23, 2012, 22:32 UTC+3

The mayor said 114 billion roubles would be invested in the modernisation of the healthcare system in the city

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MOSCOW, April 23 (Itar-Tass) —— Mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases has decreased in Moscow considerably, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

“Mortality from cardiovascular diseases has decreased in Moscow by 17 percent and by as much from respiratory diseases,” the mayor told Moscow-24 television, Govorit Moskva (Moscow Speaking) radio and Vechernaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) newspaper on Monday, April 23.

This has been achieved due to healthcare modernization, he said, adding that all Moscow clinics would get the most up-to-date equipment in 2012.

The mayor said 114 billion roubles would be invested in the modernisation of the healthcare system in the city.

The death rate from cardiovascular diseases in Russia as a whole has decreased by almost 8 percent over the past three years. This work had been part of the national project “Health” since 2008 and involved 38 regions. Under the project, 39 regional vascular centers and 107 primary healthcare units have been created, and more than 2,700 specialists have been trained for them.

Another 14 regions joined the programme lastyear. Vascular centres and units in these regions will be integrated into a single telecommunication medical system. Remote and hard-to-access areas will be provided with airmobile medical services.

This will increase the volume of high-tech medial aid. In 2010, almost 75,000 people with cardiovascular disorders received such aid. Federal high-tech centres have been built and commissioned in Penza, Astrakhan, Krasnoyarsk, and Chelaybinsk.

Similar centres were opened in Perm and Kaliningrad last year. Arterial hypertension was one of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases that claim over one million lives in Russia every year.

Russia carried out the federal programme “Socially Important Disease Prevention and Treatment in 2007-2011” that included a sub-programmed entitled “Arterial Hypertension”. A total of 1.8 billion roubles was provided for the latter.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said earlier that each Russian region would create a vascular centre to provide health services in the first three hours of a disease.

A regional vascular centre will be created in each Russian region, and 3-6 vascular units will be created in each municipal institution.

Every year, more than one million people die from cardiovascular diseases in Russia, including about 100,000 of working age and some 375,000 acquire disability.

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