Russia to disinfect Dagestan

Russia to disinfect Dagestan

Russia's emergency ministry is sending specialists and equipment to Dagestan for large-scale disinfection of the region due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Disinfection will primarily affect medical and educational institutions, enterprises and social facilities, the press service of the ministry said.

"Within the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a group of specialists and technicians of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will carry out special disinfection," TASS cited the ministry as saying.

In total, 140 people and 26 units of equipment will be involved in the work.

"Specialists of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will carry out large-scale disinfection of medical and educational institutions, social services, buildings and structures of transport infrastructure," the Ministry of Emergencies said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that he is concerned about coronavirus spread in Dagestan and about reports of self-treatment and late applications for medical aid.

"Despite the relative stabilization, the danger of the coronavirus infection remains across the country, and the situation in Dagestan is especially difficult," the head of state said during his meeting with the authorities and members of the public of Dagestan. According to the president, the republic "registers all new revealed cases of the disease, its heavy complications, and, as of recently, the healthcare system in the region is faced with the serious load."

"Despite the selfless efforts of the doctors, and nurses, the number of tragic outcomes grows, including among the medical workers themselves. People also complain that the required medical assistance is not always available on time and in full," Putin noted. "At the same time, according to the specialists’ estimations, the main reasons behind the development of heavy complications are late application for medical aid and attempts of self-treatment at home," the president underscored.

According to the head of state "a further analysis into the implementation of sanitary medics’ recommendations on self-isolation regime and on the prohibition of mass events in Dagestan is needed."

The president ordered a detailed report on the directions in which federal assistance must be provided to Dagestan.

"I will give orders to heads of agencies that are on the line, immediately. The republic will receive all support - financial, material and staff - certainly," Putin assured.

According to a regional breakdown of Russia's official coronavirus tally, 3,460 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Dagestan only 29 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in the region.

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