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Medics from Astrakhan go to Sevastopol to render assistance

March 15, 2014, 9:54 UTC+3 ASTRAKHAN
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ASTRAKHAN, March 15, 9:37 /ITAR-TASS/. Leading Astrakhan medics left for Sevastopol on Saturday morning to render humanitarian assistance to the population.

In the delegation are physicians of various specialties cardiologists, an otolaryngologist, an urologist, an internist and other medical personnel 27 people in six vehicles with up-to-date equipments. Cossacks were accompanying the medics.

"We are in a working mood. We do not fear the situation in Ukraine. We are doctors without borders and nationalities. We plan to receive everyone, but first of all veterans and children," the director of the regional centre for disaster medicine, the head of the delegation, Igor Bolotnikov, told Itar-Tass.

The delegation has latest diagnostic equipment and a mobile medical module in a Kamaz vehicle. It is a polyclinic on wheels to take ultrasonic examination, with a laboratory section and equipped rooms of an obstetrician-gynecologist, an ophthalmologist and other specialists, he said.

"There is even telecommunication, and we can contact appropriate consultants through Skype. It is the most modern module in Russia. Ukraine most likely does not have such," the head of the mobile polyclinic, Svetlana Kim, added.

Forty five people a day may be examined in the module. The Astrakhan medics are ready not only to diagnose diseases, but also treat. Along with the equipment, the specialists will bring medicines. Urgent aid also can be provided there is an intensive care ward on wheels a modern ambulance. If a serious disease is detected, the patient can be taken to Astrakhan for treatment. The Astrakhan group will remain in Sevastopol till March 23.

Humanitarian aid collection points are continuing working in the Astrakhan Region, and a bank account is opened to collect money in aid for Ukrainian residents (for the present, about two million roubles are collected). A hotline is opened in the regional Ministry of Social Development and Labour to contact. Astrakhan authorities are ready to provide accommodation and jobs in the region for Ukrainian citizens. Now under consideration are documents of six Ukrainians who have asked for temporary asylum.

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