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Russian MoD builds 16 new medical facilities

30th March 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Russian Ministry of Defence is building 16 new multifunctional medical centres across 15 regions, according to a 30 March statement.

More than 4,500 people are working to complete the sites ahead of schedule, to meet an expected influx of COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

Military personnel from engineering and railway units are assisting the construction effort.

Each medical facility will contain CT scanners, anaesthesiology, endoscopy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Deputy Minister of Defence Timur Ivanov said: ‘The completion of the measures will allow the provision of necessary medical care to patients from both the military and if necessary, the civilian population’.

The first centre is due to open by 20 April in Nizhny Novgorod with eight other centres receiving medical equipment between 10 and 15 April. 

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