Deputy Chairman of the Republic Government Olga Balabkina discussed the issue of providing support to cancer patients in the region with the oncologists and social activists, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to the Regional Head’s Administration Press Service.
Social activists Afanasy Alekseev and Anna Petrova appealed about the provision of financial support to families, who faced oncology. According to them, Yakutians with the complex diagnoses often turn to foreign cancer clinics for help. Herewith, they face unbearable financial difficulties.
Olga Balabkina agreed with the activists. She explained in detail the norms of the Russian legislation, according to which free oncology assistance is provided only in the country. “Our oncology clinics never refuse to help patients. Everyone can get medical assistance. If a diagnosis is complicated, the patient is sent from Yakutsk to the best specialized medical institutions in Russia. I believe that the level of oncological medical care in Russia, including in our republic, is at a very high level,” she said.
She also added that specialists of the highest class work at the republic oncologic dispensary. Also, two oncologists from Yakutia are currently training in Japan.
The Deputy Chairman emphasized that the new Oncology Center in Yakutsk, with the funding of 5,9 billion rubles provided from the federal budget for 2020-2023, will offer patients even more high-tech medical care.
“The republic leadership resolves serious infrastructure issues, aimed at improving the quality and level of cancer medicine in Yakutia. This great work is being done for one purpose – so that our citizens receive appropriate help in their homeland,” said Olga Balabkina.
The head physician of the Yakut Republic Oncologic Dispensary Lena Afanaseva said that the patients turn to foreign commercial clinics in some cases, when an operation in Yakutsk is not possible. Herewith, they are still registered in the republic and after treatment, they are observed in the republic oncology center.
Oncologist-chemotherapist Feodosia Ivanova said that patients also needed a qualified oncopsychologist. The meeting of Olga Balabkina with the oncologists and social activists completed in an agreement on joint work.
In addition, on November 6, the deputy chairman of the republic government also considered issues of organizing the social center for temporary stay and supporting a large family, affected by the fire.