Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
In the part of the former Lugansk region controlled by Kiev there are no oncological clinics left, so people in large quantities go to the LPR, using the opportunity to receive treatment free of charge within the announced by the Republic humanitarian program of reunion of the people of Donbass.
This was stated by Aleksandr Torba, the chief physician of the LPR’s oncology clinic, at a conference in Lugansk, reports the correspondent of Politnavigator.
“In Ukraine the program for rendering oncological help was completely abolished after it was officially recognized as unprofitable. Our leaders of the Republic made the decision to provide medical care in the sphere of oncopathology and haemato-oncology for infants. On the territory of our clinic there is a closed cycle of rendering assistance. In the Republic there are still two clinics – in Alchevsk and in Krasny Luch. On the Ukrainian side there aren’t any such institutions anymore. Now attempts are ongoing to organize ones in Rubizhne and Severodonetsk, but these are for one-two wards. And we have specialists. That’s why over the last year we have already given help to over one and a half thousand fellow compatriots. They received medicines and treatment free of charge,” said Torba.
Lyudmila Beletskaya, the chief physician of the LPR children’s oncological hospital, said that inhabitants of the Ukraine-controlled part of the former Lugansk region cannot receive timely help for their children.
“Children come to us after their ordeal, having initially tried to get to clinics in Kiev or Kharkov. This is very expensive treatment that needs to be carried out in a timely manner.
And experts remained with us. We are able to treat well. We see results.
Now a 15-year-old girl is undergoing treatment. Her mother described how she waited for a very long on a list for treatment in Kiev or Kharkov. Finally, Kiev told her: “die at home”. This is what was said in Kiev! This child is now being treated by us, she is receiving already the third cycle of treatment, thank God, she is alive, gradually the treatment yields results, it is a very serious illness,” said Beletskaya.
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