On the results of work of the medical teams in the near-front line area: a growing number of people turn with diabetes, cerebral atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease – this is a sad “result” of war actions

For two long years citizens of the near-front line villages have been using an access to the medical services due to the various programs of the “Pope for Ukraine” Action. One of such programs is an introduction of medical teams with high qualified medical experts of the “Hippocrates” Greek medical center, that four times a week go to cities and villages along the front line, where they conduct examination of patients and provide all needed medicines.

As a rule, a medical team includes general practitioner, two specialized doctors (endocrinologist, cardiologist, gynecologist or neurologist) and a nurse. Receptions take place in the local rooms of medical and obstetrical stations, schools, recreation centers and other accommodations of the residential areas in Volnovansk, Mariinsk, Nikolsk, Manhushsk districts by the preassigned order. All services and medicines needed are provided free of charge.

The chief doctor of the “Hippocrates” Greek medical center Oleksandr Lazarenkotold us about the health problems that occurred among the citizens of the near-front line areas most of all.

-People live in constant stress. Lately the number of cases with diabetes, cerebral atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease has grown significantly. All of this is closely connected with nervous breakdown. With every visit we state, unfortunately, that we have more and more patients – that’s a sad “effect” of the war actions.

Many front-line villages don’t provide the elementary medical care, there are no first aid stations and even when there are few – no medical workers are there. Some of them retired, others, unfortunately, because of the military actions were forced to leave the district, region or even Ukraine. For instance, a good friend of mine who is a surgeon, was forced to leave his own home when it got demolished by a shell. And he moved to Kyiv. The outflow of the qualified specialists from Donetsk region is very significant and that affects our patients too because the coverage of medical institutions with staff along the front-line is very low. Some areas are covered only for 20%. Such specialists as general practitioners, ophthalmologists, endocrinologists are absent in the district hospitals. For example, in the Nikolskyi district there is no ophthalmologist and no ear-nose-throat specialist as well as no narrowly focused specialists. This once again confirms that medical teams make an urgent and well-timed issue.

The number of cases of children’s diabetes has harshly grown up. Previously in Mariupol there used to be no beds for treating diabetes among children because there was a very small number of patients, however now on the basis of the hospital for children we have endocrinologic beds for children. Unfortunately, this is another result of war. Children get affected by all these influences, they react on everything in different ways and, unfortunately, this reaction very often appears in the form of illnesses.

Lately more and more often we face a growing number of cancer morbidity. Another pathology that has become more frequent is tuberculosis. It cannot be stopped, unfortunately, but it can be timely identified and treated from the start.  We have such a possibility due to the movable photofluorography which we use by our transportable medical teams during examination. The main point is to timely identify such pathologies as tuberculosis, lungs tumour and to do our best to treat a patient.

Due to the help of the Pope, all patients within the framework of the project receive free medication. Today, according to the results of four-months work of the project (the project has started December 2017), 12 578 people received help from mobile medical teams. We plan to cover over 18 thousand citizens in more than 100 near-front line areas by the end of the project – May 2018.


More details on the project: Rescue of life