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On January 26, the Head of the Karelian Republic, Artur Parfenchikov, congratulated Ihala village on their new rural health clinic.

The new modular rural health clinic (RHC), manufactured in Velikiye Luki (Russia), has a patient examination room and a treatment room, as well as storage space for medical supplies. The RHC is equipped with an artificial lung ventilation device, an ECG recorder, a defibrillator, various healthcare kits, laboratory testing equipment, an infant warmer, and computer equipment for video consultations.

"This RHC modular design has already received high praise in various regions of Russia due to the speed and quality of its construction. This clinic and all its medical equipment are expected to meet the patients' need and modern healthcare service requirements over the next 15-20 years", - Artur Parfenchikov said. He also wished all Ihala residents to stay healthy and visit the new clinic only for routine medical checkups.

The previous Ihala RHC was built before 1939. Safe and comfortable working conditions, as well as new equipment will help to improve the quality and accessibility of primary pre-hospital healthcare significantly. The building and equipping of the new RHC were funded from the republican budget and were implemented as part of the Republic of Karelia's 100th Anniversary Celebration Program.

According to Karelia's Health Minister, Marina Shvets, this year the Republic's administration is planning to open four new RHCs in four different districts, with two more to be opened within the next year.

"Our primary aim is to provide access to primary healthcare services for all Karelian citizens, and we have already sent an appropriate request, consistent with the needs of specific settlements, to the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation", - Karelia's Deputy Prime Minister for Healthcare and Social Security, Igor Korsakov, said.

The Republic of Karelia seeks to build 16 modular rural healthcare facilities and buy 5 mobile RHCs in addition to already existing ones or those under construction.

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Created: January 26, 2018. Last updated: January 26, 2018.
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