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Plans to refurbish, fully equip all district hospitals in Belarus in near future


District hospitals in Belarus will be renovated and provided with all the necessary equipment in the near future, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as visited Stolbtsy Central District Hospital on 8 December, BelTA has learned.

The head of state stressed that Belarus has established a rather effective healthcare system and there is no need to break it. Cutting-edge care is provided at the level of national research centers. A step below are regional hospitals, inter-district centers. According to the president, it is important now to share the experience and knowledge of doctors from national research centers with doctors in the regions. Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that specialists who perform sophisticated surgeries receive certain bonuses.

“This is meant to encourage you to grow up the career ladder,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko drew attention to the efficiency of the inter-district centers. The president believes that a trauma center providing specialist medical care can be set up in Stolbtsy Central District Hospital. The head of state also promised renovation and re-equipment of other district hospitals in the country. “We have already repaired healthcare facilities almost everywhere. Nearly everything is at a decent level, probably except some district hospitals. We will completely refurbish them during this five-year period … We will get them into shape. However, the most important thing is to fully equip them,” the Belarusian leader said.

“We will equip your hospital. Just do not flee to Poland,” the president added with a degree of humor.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the state is investing a lot in the healthcare system. At the same time the head of state urged everyone to take great care of their own health and to live a healthy life. “Free medical care contributes to the fact that people do not take care of their health,” he said.

Speaking about salaries in the healthcare sector, the head of state noted that due to coronavirus bonuses for frontline healthcare workers, the average salary of doctors has already reached the target stipulated by the five-year plan. The current task is to keep it up after the end of the pandemic.