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8 Oct 2020

Lukashenko urges public health vigilance

Lukashenko urges public health vigilance

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) -  It is important that every person takes care of their own health, especially at a time when the epidemiological situation is worsening, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the preparedness of the healthcare system to confront the rise in the incidence of COVID-19 and seasonal respiratory diseases, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced that the most important thing in the fight against any disease is to take precautionary measures to protect yourself and your families. “If we do not do it ourselves, no doctors will save us or cure us. We understand what the consequences of what is happening now, for example, on the streets of Minsk on weekends will be. The incidence rate in Minsk is higher than in other regions. Here are the results,” the head of state noted.

“Everything is in our hands to make sure the situation does not spin out of control,” the president stressed. “Staying healthy, taking precautionary measures is not a problem of doctors! Their job is to us help us when we fall ill. Everything else is in our hands. We need to learn to listen to doctors, strictly follow the recommendations. A set of minimum things that anyone can do is to get a flu shot if you think you need it, and follow hygiene rules.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko also mentioned the recommendation to observe a reasonable social distance. At the same time, he stressed that it is necessary to adhere to the advice of doctors in a meaningful way, not blindly follow the instructions. “For example, what is the point of using a checkerboard pattern for student seating arrangement if they mingle during breaks?, Aleksandr Lukashenko asked.

“The most important reason why we take these measures is not to overstretch the healthcare system. So far, according to the information I have, the situation is normal. We need to make sure that the stock of extra beds remain unused. Let them stay idle,” the president said.

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