KORMA (BelTA) – Providing aid to the Korma Central District Hospital, cooperation for the sake of developing a local flax-processing plant, recreation opportunities for Korma District kids in Austria and other matters were discussed as top officials of the Korma District administration met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Belarus Aloisia Worgetter on 13 January, BelTA has learned.
According to Deputy Chairwoman of the Korma District Executive Committee Natalya Sidorova, the diplomat presented a €5,000 certificate to the central district hospital. “Children from Korma District have been travelling to Austria for recreation for over five years. Maria Hetzer is the head of a foundation in Austria. Last year's plans were disrupted by the pandemic, this is why Maria decided to help fight the spread of the coronavirus infection. We've compiled a list and the head of the foundation provided assistance to the central district hospital via the Austrian ambassador to Belarus,” Natalya Sidorova said.
The money will be used to improve the physical infrastructure of the healthcare institution. According to Tamara Bisyukova, Acting Chief Physician of the Korma Central District Hospital, they will buy an oxygen supply unit, air recirculators, remote-sensing thermometers, movable bactericidal lamps, and personal protective equipment. The doctor noted that in order to fight the coronavirus infection they had used government funds to buy personal protective equipment and had received medical gas supply units. As many as 45 hospital beds were assigned to coronavirus patients during the first wave of COVID-19 and another 16 beds were added during the second wave. Some of them have returned to normal work mode. The Korma Central District Hospital has a total of 108 hospital beds, including 98 ones for in-patients and 10 for people in need of medical and social care.
During the meeting the sides also discussed prospects of rehabilitation of Korma District children in Austria.
Proposals were put forward concerning cooperation in the development of the local flax-processing plant. Natalya Sidorova said: “We suggested several options. First, the production of flax pellets for stables could increase export. Second, the enterprise could make flax cords for packaging. The enterprise could also make a blend of cotton and flax. Flax dust could be used as a flower fertilizer.”
The 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster was also mentioned during the meeting with the Austrian ambassador. Aloisia Worgetter was invited to attend events dedicated to the anniversary of the tragedy.