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23 November 2021, 17:40

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Most of the capital’s medical institutions providing routine care are not used to treat coronavirus.

During the pandemic, the Moscow health care system has accumulated a sufficiently large margin of safety, which makes it possible not to stop planned and emergency care even during periods of peak incidence of COVID-19, said Sergei Sobyanin in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“During the first wave, we reserved about 25 thousand beds. In the last wave, 16 thousand have already been reserved. In fact, 12 were filled. Now about seven thousand have already been filled. And most of this bed capacity, with which we are working today, is temporary special hospitals made for these purposes, ”said the Mayor of Moscow.

This makes it possible not to use medical institutions providing routine care for the treatment of coronavirus. According to Sergei Sobyanin, two-thirds of the time most hospitals work as usual.

“That is, at the peak values ​​of covid, we transfer part of the bed capacity, but only a small part. Therefore, the safety margin of the Moscow medical system is quite significant, but this does not mean that it works with coolness, absolutely not, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

When hospitals are redesigned to treat patients with COVID-19, he said, the main problem is not the number of wards, but how many doctors and nurses are needed for this. “Of course, a great distraction of medical personnel and all forces: clinics, ambulances, hospitals. This is a difficult story, very difficult, ”added the Mayor of Moscow. He thanked all the health workers who are able to withstand this burden with dignity.

The pandemic did not stop Moscow’s plans to reconstruct medical facilities. Dozens of polyclinics are being updated.

“We must do our best today so that tomorrow Moscow’s healthcare and outpatient care will be at the world level. Therefore, we are engaged in the reconstruction of polyclinics, hospital buildings and the construction of new ones, the creation of a powerful oncological service, a vascular medicine service, other areas of work, digitalization of medicine, ”he said.

The Mayor of Moscow added that the updated medical facilities are engaged in the fight against coronavirus and its many complications. So that they can work at a high level, they need to be dealt with now, without waiting for better times.

“After emerging from the pandemic, Moscow’s healthcare will be one hundred percent much stronger,” stressed Sergei Sobyanin.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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