Staunton, April 26 – Cancer patients at the Petrov Oncology Center in the northern capital have launched a petition drive to oppose plans by officials to transform that institution into a hospital to treat coronavirus victims. They point out that any interruption in cancer treatments could be a death sentence (severreal.org/a/30577002.html).
What they don’t say but what their protest highlights is just how thin and lacking in reserves Russia’s healthcare system is after almost a decade of Vladimir Putin’s so-called “optimization” program. The very idea that cancer patients should be sacrificed to improve statistics for the Kremlin on the pandemic is repugnant.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has spread to the Duma where one deputy has been hospitalized in serious conditions, and others including support personnel have the virus. Given that the Duma has not taken many measures to prevent the spread of the virus, it is likely even more will come down with the disease soon (newsru.com/russia/25apr2020/kalashnikov.html).