Russian Medical Professionals Arrive in Nur-Sultan to Assist Kazakh Counterparts in Fight Against COVID-19 

NUR-SULTAN – A group of 32 Russian medical workers arrived July 6 in Nur-Sultan on a special flight of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the MFA) press service reported . The specialists will consult and assist Kazakh colleagues in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

An assistance group of Russian medical arriving in Nur-Sultan July 6. Photo credit: The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs press service.

The Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare will distribute Russian specialists to the medical facilities of Nur-Sultan and other regions with significant shortages of such specialists, the Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare press service reported.

The medical professionals forming the assistance group came from the Russian Ministry of Healthcare and the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor). Twenty two of them are medical workers in leading hospitals in Moscow. 

Russian Deputy Minister of Healthcare Oleg Gridnev led the group of Russian epidemiologists, virologists, pulmonologists, among other specialists with extensive experience in treating patients with COVID-19. 

“Kazakh and Russian doctors have already established traditions of mutual exchange in the area of experience and knowledge,” said Kazakh Deputy Healthcare Minister Marat Shoranov at a July 7 meeting with the Russian delegation. “Thanks to the close cooperation of the medical community and the agreement of the top leadership of the countries, the doctors of the two countries have the opportunity to practically exchange experience.” 

This mission is part of a set of measures taken to counteract the COVID-19 spread, as well as new agreements between Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin.

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