A floor full of broken slates and bricks show the current dysfunctional state of the current medical point in Karpinka, Chechnya

Distant healthcare in Chechnya – rehabilitating Karpinka’s medical point

The Chechen Health Ministry has requested the help of Islamic Relief Waqf to rehabilitate the medical point in Karpinka which was severely damaged in the Chechen war.

Petimat, a resident of Karpinka who has suffered from the lack of access to nearby medical treatment, recalls the harsh truth of the medial points. “Inside the walls and floors are broken. In reality, it cannot provide us with any type of medical assistance.”

Our reconstruction will include repairing all of the walls and floors and supplying it with equipment for ultrasounds and electrocardiography. It will also have a medical bed and table, special lamps to kill bacteria, and dry-air sterilizer, making it fit for purpose to provide residents of Karpinka the treatment that they need.

Broken slate and bricks show the current dysfunctional state of Karpinka’s medical point

The photo above shows the current dysfunctional state of Karpinka’s medical point

“If our medical point becomes functional, it will help to improve health and save the lives of my fellow citizens in Karpinka,” says Petimat.

Benefits of the rehabilitation

Unemployment is extremely high in this area and many men make a living by dismantling metal parts in petro-chemical factories and selling them. This is a very dangerous job as it exposes them to high levels of radiation, and many have fallen ill from radiation poisoning. With the reconstruction of the medical point, they will be able to receive the treatment that they need as quickly as possible.

The medical point will create more employment opportunities for trained medical stuff with improved working conditions, in turn improving the socio-economic status of Karpinka.

The rehabilitation of this medical point will also reduce the burden on the nearest hospital. Currently, whenever a resident of Karpinka becomes injured or ill, they must travel to the hospital, even for minor procedures such as disinfecting or bandaging a wound. This causes the hospital to consistently face an overload of patients, in turn straining the staff and facilities and thus reducing the quality of medical care that the patients receive. Rehabilitating the point will reduce the number of people travelling to the hospital, as well as the cost spent on these journeys.

We’ll be keeping you updated with the progress of the rehabilitation on our website and our Facebook page.

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