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Meeting of the Presidium of the Government Coordinating Council to control the incidence of novel coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation

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Government Coordination Council meeting on controlling the incidence of the novel coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation

Mikhail
Mishustin:
Good afternoon,
colleagues,

Last week, at the annual press conference and direct
line with the President, it was discussed that people in the regions are forced
to buy medicines for the coronavirus with their own money. They are not given the
necessary medicines for free, although they should be. Moreover, some medical
workers engaged in coronavirus response are not receiving their due benefits.

Once again, I would like to draw the attention of the
Minister of Health, the Head of Roszdravnadzor and the heads of the regions to
the following: the federal centres allocates the funds for these purposes on
time and in full – both to provide people with free medicines against the
coronavirus, and for payment benefits for medical workers who actually take
care of patients with this infection 24/7.

Two weeks ago, an additional 3 billion roubles was allocated
for medicines for patients with the coronavirus who are treated at home.

It is important to buy medicines for January this
year. This issue must be resolved before the New Year’s holidays. For this, the
Government has given the right to the regions to make a 100 percent advance on
the conclusion of the contract at the expense of the allocated funds.

We will also allocate over 52 billion roubles for
special social payments to medical workers. These are the funds for December,
January and February. Such a directive has already been signed.

Colleagues, your task is to ensure that both these
funds and those allocated previously are transferred to the recipients quickly
and in a timely manner. If you see that there are delays somewhere – solve the
problem manually, in the literal sense of the word.

At the beginning of the spread of the virus, the
Government provided additional insurance guarantees for medical workers,
following the President’s instruction. This is a lump-sum payment that is given
to doctors, paramedics, nurses and ambulance drivers – those who are tested
positive while helping coronavirus patients. The Government additionally
allocated almost 8 billion roubles for insurance payments this year, as well as
in January and February next year. It is necessary to ensure that the medical
workers who are supposed to receive these funds receive them on time. After
all, people took risks to help others, and then they themselves caught the
coronavirus. We need to provide them with the support they need.

The coronavirus response measures have shown that the
development of the healthcare system needs to be combined with an update of the
sanitary and epidemiological service. To effectively counteract the coronavirus
and other infectious diseases, to predict the epidemiological situation in the
country, we need modern laboratories and equipment, and most importantly,
well-educated specialists who can resolve these problems. For this purpose,
targeted training of students from medical universities has been launched; they
will work in Rospotrebnadzor agencies after graduation. The Government signed a
directive on the allocation of funds for additional payments for such students. More than 3,000 future medical workers
will receive them.

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