Der Spiegel: Putin's Last Reserve

The Russian healthcare system in Russia is going through hard times. The coronavirus pandemic eloquently shows all the flaws in the country's health, writes the German publication Der Spiegel.

The main blow COVID-19 was expectedly taken by Moscow. In hospitals of the capital, where the infected are located, there is a catastrophic shortage of personnel. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, at the request of the mayor of the city, Sergei Sobyanin, plans to send fourth and fifth year medical students to Moscow medical institutions to help doctors. According to Sobyanin, it is in hospitals that students should see what real medicine is.

Meanwhile, the health care reform in Russia, launched back in 2012, seems to be giving disappointing results. Billions of rubles have been allocated for the modernization of the system, but is it that money has been successfully spent? Lack of equipment, hospital beds and specialists is evident. It seems that one of the last reserves of Vladimir Putin in the fight against the new virus is becoming medical students.

Here's what Mary Choban, a 23-year-old student of one of St. Petersburg’s medical schools, says about working in a hospital:

We work for 12 hours, there’s no time to even sit down. I cry from tiredness. Safety glasses crash into the face. For a shift, on average, we write out three, which becomes the victory of the whole team with more than 60 patients in the department.

Fourth-year student N.I. Pirogova worked the first two weeks every day for 12 hours.

I get very tired, while still continuing to study. When I started working, there were very few staff, just one nurse for 20 patients

- said the girl.

At the same time, students claim that they are volunteers. Protective masks and suits are quite enough, but at the same time the danger of contracting a coronavirus remains.
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  1. Digital error Offline Digital error
    Digital error (Eugene) April 27 2020 19: 40
    The German press should be treated "without aspiration", as well as the statements of some utterly cracked propagandists:

    The editor-in-chief of Sputnik radio, MIA Rossiya Segodnya and RT Margarita Simonyan believes that a part of the blood plasma should be taken from all those who have recovered from coronavirus infection in order to save severe patients with COVID-19. The business newspaper "Vzglyad" writes about this on Saturday.
    “The plasma of those who have been cured definitely helps to save lives of seriously ill patients. Why is it impossible to take this plasma by default from all recovered? Of which the state tested for free, cured and did not ask to confirm that they all paid taxes, did not receive gray salaries and other incomes, "Simonyan said in her Telegram channel.
    She stressed that the recovered have to be lured into the procedure for the allocation of plasma "caramels in 5 thousand rubles."
    "Maybe enough caramel already. In principle, in general
    ", - summed up Simonyan.
    1. King3214 Offline King3214
      King3214 (Sergius) April 27 2020 20: 42
      It happens. She’s the battleship of the four towers, so she’s demolishing her one tower, sometimes.
      She needs to relax, with a year ...
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  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) April 27 2020 20: 44
    The Russian healthcare system in Russia is going through hard times. The coronavirus pandemic eloquently shows all the flaws in the country's health, writes the German publication Der Spiegel.

    It looks somehow unattractive when a German publication praises its country and tries to "poke its face" into the disadvantages of its neighbors and against this background "whitewash" itself, loved ones.
    The lack of medical staff is, of course, yes, but is it really necessary to compare how this is done with the coronavirus? If in Germany medicine is all so perfect, why did almost 6 die there, and in backward Russia less than 000?
    If you look at what other publications write, for example, Kremlin propagandists from the Air Force -

    In the USA and Europe - good medicine. Why does the West cope poorly with coronavirus?

    True, they do not sneeze Germans, but Italians with Spaniards.

    In 2018, Bloomberg published a rating of the effectiveness of healthcare systems in the countries of the world. In this ranking, Russia took 53rd place, the United States - 54th. And among the leaders were Spain and Italy.

    Rather, they praise the Germans, believe that they are well done, but somehow it doesn’t work out very well. No.

    Germany is in fifth place in terms of the number of people infected with coronavirus. Only the world anti-leaders in the fight against a pandemic - the USA, Spain, Italy and France have more cases now. More than 107 thousand people in Germany were diagnosed with Covid-19, just over 2 thousand people died.

    This is what they consider a good result. belay
    If we talk about efficiency, then with comparable volumes of GDP, Germany spends on medicine - 11,1%, Russia - 5,3%. To say that the Germans do more effectively, the language does not turn. No. The data, however, is a bit outdated, but what to do. request The UN in 2019 published data for 2016. I believe this is not critical, it is unlikely that the situation has changed much.

    As for our 5,3%, this is naturally not enough, I hope that conclusions will be drawn, funding will be increased.
    Well, since such a song has gone .... I would like to kick the United States along the way. yes They, with their 17,1% in the ranking of medical expenses, take an honorable second place ... between the Marshall Islands and Sierra Leone. The environment, of course, is so-so, but given the size of the budget, the amount is impressive. fellow True, I have doubts about the high efficiency. request According to the same Air Force in the ranking of the effectiveness of medicine, they are next to us. smile
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 27 2020 21: 14
    Ah, it’s everywhere. Absolutely the same thing was written in Italy, the USA, Spain, France, China, etc.
    1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) April 28 2020 09: 52
      I agree with you - nothing new.

      There are two ways to stay clean:
      1. To wash.
      2. To foul all those around, then against their background YOU are pure.

      Why do they always choose the second?
      1. GRF Offline GRF
        GRF April 28 2020 10: 42
        Under this purification business, it is necessary to demand the establishment of international control over all biological laboratories in the world, potential "dirty". Development of international safety rules for working with biohazards, requiring their placement only on their territory. The international community must be able to eliminate the "dirty thing".
        1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
          Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 28 2020 12: 02
          Somewhere in the internet I recently saw a clip from our comrade from Anthropogenesis just about the biolaboratory.
          Everything is complicated there, and there is control ... international, yeah, so who pays .....

          More importantly, these labs are, that is, not. Butch rose in Armenia - bang, and there is a laboratory ...
          Russia gave them a loan-bang, and there is no laboratory ....

          In the same Wuhan - one, then several, then Amer, then anti-Amerov .... depending on who pays the media ...
          1. GRF Offline GRF
            GRF April 28 2020 12: 08
            Then the national law, so that the bombing of foreign laboratories that threaten the safety of people, according to our intelligence, after the next "who will hear the wishes of this Ministry of Foreign Affairs", were legal and obligatory.
            1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
              Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 28 2020 12: 14
              Right. There is not only one pandemic; we will arrange the first epidemic per month. How many laboratories are there in Wuhan? 1 minimum?
              Will we bomb or Americans?)))))) The Chinese will joyfully meet our White Swans and the only Black one with flags and balloons)))))
              1. GRF Offline GRF
                GRF April 28 2020 12: 18
                Knowing "they'll do it" is enough to open the door to control and close the laboratory. But you're right, you need to track both the organizers and the beneficiaries, which is more difficult ...