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Health Ministry controls regional health care services amid heat

July 31, 2012, 13:10 UTC+3

Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan earlier went on a working trip in the regions

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MOSCOW, July 31 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova arrived in the Stavropol Territory, where she will hold a working meeting with the heads of the regional health care system over the implementation of program to improve the health care services, the press service of the Russian Health Ministry reported on Tuesday.

The minister will visit medical institutions and the Stavropol State Medical Academy. “The next stopover in a working trip of the minister will be Karachai-Cherkessia, where Veronika Skvortsova will inspect the medical institutions and will have a meeting with the republican leadership to discuss the results of the health care modernization,” the press service said. Skvortsova also intends to visit Pyatigorsk, where she will inspect the Pyatigorsk maternity house.

Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan earlier went on a working trip in the regions. “He visited Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk and Kemerovo regions, where he inspected the medical services to people amid a heavy smog and abnormally high air temperatures, had meetings with the heads of the regional health care departments and participated in a meeting of the governmental committee for prevention and cleanup of the emergency situations and ensuring fire security,” a source in the Health Ministry said.

The deputy health minister inspected the regional health care services to provide people with medicines and individual medical masks. Kagramanyan instructed the heads of the health care departments to take preventive measures for local residents as actively as possible. “Medical workers should go to people themselves without waiting for requests for medical aid,” the deputy health minister said. “The medics are make door-to-door visits in the districts of a heavy smog. Volunteers, including students of medical universities, will be involved in this work. People should be informed what should be done in such climatic conditions to preserve their health,” he said.

He recommended focusing attention on rural districts. “In these districts constant communication lines should be provided, so that the ambulances could get in the most remote districts urgently,” the deputy health minister said.

Kagramanyan visited the Krivosheino district of the Tomsk Region, where he assessed the medical aid to local residents. The Health Ministry decided to dispatch a joint urgent medical aid team of the Federal Medico-Biological Agency, which will be on standby for additional medical aid. The medical team has a mobile surgery ward, an intensive therapy ward and a dressing station for urgent medical aid.


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