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"Doctors are less afraid to ask for help" - charitable foundations on the situation with PPE
Journalist and TV presenter Katerina Gordeeva, Director of the Children's Hearts Foundation Katya Bermant and the head of the Zhivoi Foundation Viktoria Agadzhanova discussed live on MedPortal the help of charitable organizations to doctors, who are often afraid to talk about the problems with providing protection in a pandemic.
The total shortage of personal protective equipment for doctors in Russian hospitals has become the most acute problem of Russian healthcare in the context of a pandemic. Despite numerous orders and reports from the government and the president of Russia, doctors throughout the country still use gauze bandages, make protective screens from plastic bottles and shoe covers from garbage bags. At the same time, doctors prefer to turn to charitable foundations and volunteers for help, and not to the state.
According to the head of the Living Foundation Victoria Agadzhanova, the most difficult situation has developed in the south of Russia - in the Krasnodar Territory, in the Rostov Region, Stavropol Territory and the Caucasian republics. It is from these regions that requests for help are most often received. However, even in the Moscow region there is an acute shortage of even protective masks and respirators, including in hospitals that have been repurposed to receive patients with COVID-19.
The heads of charitable foundations believe that this situation has arisen largely due to the fact that bureaucratic procedures do not allow to quickly resolve the issue. Hospitals cannot buy personal protective equipment on their own, they must submit an application to the health department, which appoints the tender.
“We really solve these issues faster, in two days,” says Victoria.
Also, the situation is complicated by the fact that doctors do not want to seek help from the structures of the Ministry of Health, as they are afraid of punishment, because “they said on TV that we have everything.” However, after the deaths of dozens of specialists across the country, doctors began to show more courage.
“The chief doctor is still a bit of a general, and if shoulder straps are more important to him than soldiers, that's bad. But now they calmly write letters, put stamps, even on TV they are ready to talk about what they lack,”says Katya Berman, head of the Children's Heart Foundation.
“So far, only one chief physician of the district hospital has gone into a deafening rejection. For such a case, we have a developed algorithm, I sometimes feel like a bank teller who works using scripts. What kind of boss are you if you send your subordinates to the red zone without protection - this time. Second: you are not afraid that a subordinate will come to you to sign a piece of paper and bring a virus with him. And the third question, which works flawlessly: what are you more afraid of, that you will receive a scolding from your superiors for writing a letter or for half of your department going to sleep,”says Victoria Agadzhanova.