MINSK, October 19 (BelTA) – Routine medical care should not be suspended, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said during the meeting to discuss the epidemiological situation and response to COVID-19 in Belarus on October 19, BelTA learned.
“There is a very important question to which I would like to draw your attention. The other day, the Ministry of Health announced the suspension of regular health checks. So Mr. Kosinets [Presidential Aide Aleksandr Kosinets], here is a mission for you: you must, together with the Ministry of Health, immediately prepare an action plan to keep all routine checks. I know from the first wave what such suspensions will lead to. Therefore, you are the first, Pinevich is the second. Doctors sitting here, health officials should go to polyclinics and treat people, do regular health checks, ”the president said.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, with regard to rehabilitation, under current conditions, it can be done at home with the help of family members. “Routine consultations and routine surgeries need to stay in place, I want to have a plan of action on the table. There should be no cancellation of scheduled surgeries and consultations, ”said the Head of State.
He praised the decision to involve medical students in providing medical assistance. He also mentioned Russia’s decision to ask retired medical workers to lend a hand. “Retired healthcare professionals in Russia have responded to this call. And we have a lot of retired physicians. Not all of them will return to the clinics, and we don’t need them now. However, the routine health checks and other procedures you ordered to be suspended yesterday should be back in place, ”the President said.
“You will be responsible for it,” said the head of state, addressing Aleksandr Kosinets. “People need more than medical care. When they come to you, talk to you, they feel better. Most of them are old people. The decision has been made. Go ahead and do it. Bring it back to me next week, ”said Aleksandr Lukashenko.