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21.05.2000 | I.Sukhorukova, Kharkov

Painful problems of our society demand immediate solution

   

Because of the shortage of the budget that is given for the protection of health, all hospitals of Kharkov suffer, but an especially difficult situation is found in the psychiatric clinic No.15. The number of beds is reduced steadily, doctors and nurses are dismissed, there are no means for medicine and food for patients. One can only admire the courage of psychiatrists, who do what they should under such conditions. Meanwhile, Kharkovites could do something for the clinic, as it was done for those who suffered from the flood in Transcarpathia. Before the revolution it was a custom to collect money for charity, for the assistance to the diseased, for building churches, etc. And the church always played a leading role in such actions. It seems that now we have a deficit of organizers who could take the initiative of such actions. In Kyiv the organization ‘Hope’ is founded by relatives of chronically diseased, and this organization helps mental cases. There is a need to create in Kharkov such organization or a fund whose main task will be the support of clinic 15, one of the oldest hospitals in Ukraine.

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