#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the early 1980s, intensive care units were opened in a new building, and in 1986 – newborn pathology department. The Norilsk doctors were proud of the low infant mortality rate in the city and believed that this was not only the merit of the pediatric service, but also the result of a favorable social situation in the territory.
A year after the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the children’s hospital, in 1988, a children’s rehabilitation center was opened, later – a rehabilitation treatment department. In the same year, the children’s polyclinic №2 moved to a new building, it had its own swimming pool, which helped the doctors to fortify and heal children.
The chief physician of the children’s hospital in the 1980s (until 1995) Albina Brileva, after leaving Norilsk, recalled that in her time the leadership of the city and the plant carried out a policy of love for children:
“If the health of young Norilsk residents urgently needed a hospital, an intensive care unit, the latest equipment – they would be in Norilsk. Neither the mayor of the city, Yury Smolov, nor the director of the plant Boris Kolesnikov, and then Anatoly Filatov, were afraid to take responsibility for problems that required a lot of money”.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive