Parliamentarians discuss revival of military medicine in DPR

On August 8, 2016, the third meeting of the working group on the revival of military medicine it the Donetsk People’s Republic and the opening of the military medicine department at the Donetsk National Medical University named after M. Gorky took place.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR, DPR’s Ministry of State Security and the DPR’s Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, as well as the General Prosecutor’s Office’s representatives.

The meeting was devoted to report discussion of the Head of Department of Life Safety and Disaster Medicine of the DonNMU named after M.Gorky Valery Mammadov about the educational facilities for training in the area of “Military Medicine” and the report of the Vice-Rector for clinical work of the DonNMU Olga Dolgoshapko on proposals for the future draft law on military medicine in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Head of the working group, the deputy Alla Barkhatnova, reported on the active support of the project of military medicine’s revival in the Republic among the civilian population, medical specialist and military personnel.

“It should be noted that immediately after our second meeting we received a lot of phone calls and personal appeals. I am glad that people are not indifferent to this issue, literally everyone offers their assistance and participation – and it’s just wonderful! With each meeting of the working group, we really feel that we are going the right way, it is vital. For now we got a verbal support of the Head of State. I believe that the military hospital to be in the very near future, and we will do everything necessary for this,” Alla Barkhatnova said.

The deputy Alexander Kozlov reminded the audience about the positive experience of a military hospital during the escalation of the armed conflict in Donbass in 2014 on the example of personal experience.

“This issue has been relevant for a long time, it hasn’t only emerged today. It was urgent even in 2014, and the hospital existed at that time. Doctors-volunteers, who worked at the military hospital, saved the lives of 1,700 men. They did not have any salary or allowance, they lived on humanitarian aid. Sometimes they hadn’t left the operating room for days, they didn’t abandon their patients in the future as well.

I am forever grateful to all of them. I was in the hospital myself, I know how we were treated, doctors, ward sisters and nurses – people were just in the right place. It is a pity that we have lost the military hospital, but we hope that now we will be able to revive it. It must exist in the country against which an undeclared war was unleashed, because so far soldiers and civilians are being killed. And military doctors – they are specific professionals, simple civilian doctor cannot cope here,” Alexander Kozlov noted.

Also during the meeting the participants of the working group discussed the issues about on which medical institutions’ basis the hospital will be organized and how soon it will be possible to open the department that prepares specialists in the profile of military medicine. Separately, the deputy Oleg Stepanov raised questions about the staffing of the teaching personnel of the department and the future recruitment of medical staff to the republican military hospital.

The representative of the General Prosecutor’s Office Eugenia Smirnova drew attention to the existence of the urgent need of amendments or additions for two relevant law – “On Healthcare” and “On Education”. “The Law “On education” does not contain even a word about the organization of the military departments in higher educational institutions of the Republic. And in the Law “On Healthcare” there is not a word about the military hospital,” Eugenia Smirnova stated.

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