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Lukashenko presents ultrasound machine certificate to children's hospital in Minsk

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented a certificate for the purchase of a high-class ultrasound machine to Minsk Children's Clinical Hospital No. 2 during the visit on 19 June, BelTA informs.

“Maybe, you don't need it, do you?” the head of state said jokingly when he handed over the certificate to hospital administrator Larisa Sechko.

“I need a few certificates like this,” she responded.

“Later the minister and I will consider whether we need to build new facilities here as you have asked. Of course, new facilities will need new equipment,” the president said.

Larisa Sechko, in turn, presented a book to the president. The book highlights all stages of the development of the hospital and its modern status. Archive documents published in the book include the resolution of the head of state as of 19 June 1996 on the development of the material and technical infrastructure of the hospital. “It is very symbolic,” she noted.

The book also features a touching photo of little patients with the head of state. Aleksandr Lukashenko visited the hospital in the run-up to Christmas, on 6 January 1996. “We wanted to present this wonderful photo to you. We wanted you to remember that you had visited our hospital, had played a role in the development of the hospital. We wanted you to know that our staff appreciates what you have done for the country and for our hospital,” Larisa Sechko said.

Doctors jokingly reproached the president for not visiting their hospital since then. “I understood the essence of you reproach: I need to visit your hospital more often, and it is located here, not far away. If you invite me and show me something new, I will come with pleasure,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added. “The greatest pleasure, as far as I have been informed, is that we don't have problems with kids. We don't have problems with diseases you treat here. Moreover, there is a good and balanced logistics system, as doctors say. We need to save children: they are our main treasure.”

On behalf of all doctors, Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich presented a photo album to the head of state. It features all the president's visits to Belarusian hospitals during the pandemic. According to the minister, for some people the red zone is the hype zone, but the head of state visited hospitals because he wanted to be in the know about the real state of affairs and to make reasonable decisions.