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Putin focuses on health care issues
People in Russia are generally dissatisfied with the work of medical institutions, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a session on regional health programs in the town of Ivanovo. According to him, hospitals and health centers lack equipment and even specialists, as far as Russian provinces are concerned.
The Russian Prime Minister believes that the existing resources are being used ineffectively, while the diagnosis technology and the professional level of medical workers sometimes fail to meet present-day requirements.
The preparation and implementation of health system modernization programs should therefore become one of our country’s top priorities. Vladimir Putin pledged over 445 billion rubles (some $15 billion) for these purposes in the next three years.
When touching upon positive changes in this area, Putin mentioned the growth of average life expectancy and birth rates and the reduction of mortality.