Monday seems to be the hardest day for adults and children’s polyclinics in Krasnodar. After the weekend, strings of people line up in the corridors to the registries: take a card for a scheduled appointment, make an appointment with a doctor, put a seal, and also clarify many other questions. And the increase in the incidence of coronavirus, along with seasonal sores, has significantly increased the load on medical facilities.
“Girl, I also just ask!”, “Where are you climbing without a queue!”, “What a madhouse”, “I’m going to the nurse!”, Patients shout angrily at the offices. And in children’s clinics, the tense situation is also accompanied by the crying of tired babies.
In the Krasnodar children’s polyclinic No. 2, which is on Vostochno-Kruglikovskaya, there is a line of people right from the threshold. A staff table was once set up here so that all patients could have their temperatures taken and their masks checked. But due to the flow of patients and the lack of health workers, there is no one to do this. Anti-covid procedures were left to the conscience of the residents.
– Girl, is the doctor here? – I ask the last patient in line at my site.
– No, she quit.
– What about in this office? I point to the next door.
This doctor is on sick leave. Go to any free, where they accept, – the girl advised, explaining that she herself did just that.
After a few seconds of realizing the complexity of the situation, I saw a woman with a child leave one of the offices. There was no queue for him. I’m going there.
– Hello, can you give us a certificate for kindergarten? The doctor of our section quit, the other – on sick leave … – I explained and asked for it so as not to stand in lines to the three doctors who worked that day.
“Come in, what to do with you,” the nurse answered with a sigh.
After the examination, an employee of the polyclinic scribbled on a piece of paper, on which the seals were affixed in advance, that the child is healthy and can attend kindergarten. And in a conversation between words, she complained about the lack of staff, saying that many doctors fell ill with covid in the second round.
“Nine people went on sick leave with coronavirus today. We work hard. But there is no other way out, – the woman sighed sadly.
Doctors are now like robots, they treat people, as if they were leading several dozen people a day through the conveyor. But unlike an automated piece of iron – they are alive, they are people, they are also mowed down by a virus. And in a situation where the pandemic has covered not only the region, but the whole country with a new wave, doctors no longer seem to be calling, but begging residents to be vaccinated.
It is worth noting that it was mass vaccination that helped reduce mortality from COVID-19.
– Today we see an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus. In this situation, it is necessary to prevent a situation where the health care system ceases to cope with the load. We decided to suspend medical examinations and medical examinations in the regional clinics until the epidemiological situation stabilizes. And we will redirect the released doctors to provide primary care in an outpatient clinic, – said the first vice-governor of the Kuban, Igor Galas, at a meeting of the operational headquarters. – Students of the medical university and colleges will help doctors cope with the huge flow of calls.