21 Feb 2018 20:58

Death rate falling in Crimea - Golodets

SIMFEROPOL. Feb 21 (Interfax) - Extending highly technological medical aid became more affordable for Crimean residents in the recent years, and the mortality rate is declining in the region, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said.

"The death rate in the Republic of Crimea fell more than 5% last year. This is about 1,600 human lives," Golodets told reporters following her working trip to the peninsula on Wednesday.

"Today, we emphasize that the highly technological aid became more affordable in Crimea, we are insisting on its further surge. Today, a hospital in Yalta and a hospital in Simferopol are extending highly technological services. Today, stenting and bypass surgery, which are primary types of medical aid, which provide for longevity and make it possible to save the life to young people, elderly people, became affordable and affect concrete indicators," the deputy prime minister said.

A new republican hospital in Simferopol is under construction at the high pace, she also said.

Crimea joined Russia in March 2014 following the regional referendum on the peninsula's status.