Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Urals region plans to increase residents' life expectancy by 2020

The recently-issued Strategy for Development of the South Urals report was recently released, focusing largely on the regional government's goal to increase average life expectancy from 69 to 74 years by the year 2020.

Regional officials in charge of demographics believe that the Chelyabinsk region will likely be the first southern Ural area to see an increase in its residents' life expectancy; in the year 2020, senior citizens will constitute more than 20 percent of Chelyabinsk's total population. As a result, the area is taking big steps to promote health and technology, RusBusiness News reports.

"Undoubtedly, in addition to the healthcare, the promotion of health lifestyle, regular exercise and environment is of great importance," Chelyabinsk Acting Governor Boris Dubrovsky said, according to RusBusiness News. "Yet, the significance of healthcare cannot be overestimated."

Dubrovsky's plans for the region include the establishment of a three-level system of medical assistance--primary healthcare and preventative examinations, specialized medical assistance and high-tech healthcare.

Primary healthcare/preventative health care is Dubrovsky's biggest priority. As of 2013, routine medical examinations are mandatory for residents of the Chelyabinsk region. Approximately 700,000 area residents have had a preventative examinations.

"Industrial companies adopted medical examinations long ago, and they are compulsory for all the employees," Dubrovsky said, RusBusiness News reports. "From my experience of being the director, I know that such measures save hundreds of millions of rubles to companies. The rural population is more conservative: only about 60 percent of the residents have had their health checked through medical examinations. We should decided what we can do to reach the 100 percent target."

Currently, there are 622 preventative medical facilities operating in the Chelyabinsk region. There are 148 general practitioners' offices in operation for the express purpose of serving those in rural villages. Additionally 56 outpatient clinics are available for more specialized procedures.

"We have regional cardiovascular centers, primary cardiovascular centers where patients having specific disorders are admitted," Acting Health Minister of the South Urals Sergei Kremlev, according to RusBusiness News. "When a large number of people go through regular medical check-ups, the death rates due to diseases of the circulatory system are much lower."

Between the period of 2010 to 2013, the Chelyabinsk region invested $410 million in upgrading its healthcare infrastructure. The funds were used to remodel 66 hospitals, to purchase 6,753 pieces of medical equipment and to create 11 mobile intensive care medical units.

"The social policy component [of the 2020 plan] represents an integrated program for comprehensive development of the social sector," Dubrovsky said, RusBusiness News reports. "It includes healthcare, education and science, culture, social services, physical exercises and sports. The investment will be made in people, in development of their capabilities."