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The government is starting to implement a plan of additional measures to combat the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus in Russia and to prepare the healthcare system to help those with COVID-19.

The document was discussed at an expanded meeting Coordinating Council to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus Infectionwhich took place on 18 January. The heads of the regions, on behalf of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, must ensure the implementation of the plan and take this work under personal control.

A separate block of instructions from Mikhail Mishustin concerns medical care provided to patients with coronavirus. Thus, the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (FFOMS), together with its territorial divisions and medical insurers, must ensure that the results of an examination of the quality of such care are transferred to the regional ministries of health by January 24 for evaluation and prompt response. The FFOMS should report to the Government on the implementation of this work on a weekly basis. Regional ministries of health are recommended to analyze the results of the assessment of the quality of medical care and, based on the results, carry out the necessary work with medical organizations.

The Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Digital Development, was instructed to prepare and send to the regions revised standards for the number of operators of the unified operational assistance service (hot line 122) with medical training. The due date for the order is January 24th.

Regional call centers were introduced in 2020. The operators of these centers help to reduce the load on the registries of polyclinics by advising citizens on issues related, among other things, to the coronavirus.

At the meeting, Mikhail Mishustin urged to pay special attention to the staffing of call centers with a sufficient number of specialists. Taking into account the growth in the number of calls, it is planned to involve students of medical universities and colleges in this work. At least 300 million rubles will be allocated monthly to pay for their work.

Another instruction concerns the reasonableness of the cost of PCR tests for the presence of COVID-19. The Federal Antimonopoly Service has been entrusted with checking prices. The due date for the assignment is February 1.

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

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