Floating clinic for Arctic remote areas to be built

Floating clinic for Arctic remote areas to be built

January 27, 2023

In the distant territories of the Arctic, a mobile medical team is the only way to receive medical care.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The first flights of the floating clinic are scheduled for 2025. Previously, the functions of a mobile medical facility were performed by the only river vessel in Russia, Nikolay Pirogov. It annually surveyed the inhabitants of remote settlements and indigenous peoples of the North in the Hanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District during summer navigation.

The Nikolay Pirogov motor ship is the only river vessel in the country licensed to provide primary and specialized medical care, TASS reports. For many residents of remote areas of Yugra, such a mobile medical team is the only way to get examined and detect diseases at an early stage.

It is planned that Nikolay Pirogov will go for overhaul in 2024. According to the region’s authorities, among the specialists at the floating polyclinic there are general practitioners, an obstetrician-gynecologist, a doctor for clinical laboratory diagnostics, a neurologist, a dentist, a surgeon, an ophthalmologist, a radiologist, and an ultrasound diagnostician.

The Nikolay Pirogov vessel has 19 rooms equipped with four radiation diagnostic machines: mammography, dental, fluorography, a mobile X-ray machine and a small operating room.

The new floating polyclinic will have at least 25 medical rooms for specialist doctors and diagnostic services: otolaryngologists, ophthalmologists, obstetricians-gynecologists, surgeons, neurologists, dentists, and modern high-tech medical equipment: digital X-ray and mammography devices, equipment for functional and ultrasound diagnostics, and a clinical laboratory.

The cost of the floating clinic will be about 800 million rubles. The medical ship will be able, if necessary, to provide assistance to residents of the neighboring Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.

Earlier, the Russian Health Ministry promised to make tele- and mobile medicine more accessible for the Taimyr residents. Nornickel also continues to support healthcare in the regions where it operates.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

January 27, 2023

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