The medical center was built in accordance with the personal instructions of Lukashenka.
The building of a new medical center in Brest had begun at the end of 2019, the authority of the city showed it as the most important social project. Funds were appropriated from the regional budget and the state investment program, Belsat reports.
Local officials repeatedly emphasized that the building began on the personal instructions of Lukashenka. As a result, a medical center appeared, and the Polyclinic No. 5 for Adults was created on its basis. The medical center was supposed to be opened by Lukashenka, the start of work was postponed, but the self-proclaimed president never arrived. They opened the medical center without him.
Alexander Rogachuk, the Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee, had written on Telegram that the medical center would start functioning a year ahead of schedule, Thanks to the well-coordinated and intensive work of builders. He also noted lately that the medical center was fully completed with new contemporary medical equipment.
The Polyclinic No. 5 for Adults began to receive patients on January 17 and a lot of questions arose at the same time. The most urgent was the acute shortage of doctors and nurses.
“I was transferred to a new medical center from another one, and I was completely disappointed in the first days. The district doctor was transferred from another medical center for a month, my district doctor quit and went abroad. Doctors were nervous, since, I think, they had been given too much work,” tells one of the patients of the medical center to Belsat.
“I came to do a fluorography and ultrasound, but I couldn’t. There are devices in the center, but there is no one to operate the equipment,” noted another visitor to the medical center.
One of our readers says that she wanted to see an endocrinologist, but there is no such specialist in the new clinic yet.
Local authorities are trying to overcome the problem of an acute shortage of personnel. For example, they offer jobs to pensioners.
“I worked as a nurse in surgery before retirement, but last week they called and offered me a job in a new medical center. I thought and refused. Apparently, things are really bad for them if they start calling pensioners,” one of our readers commented to Belsat.