Russian doctors union launches "map of problems" faced by medics during covid-19
1-Russia_MedicMap-800x450.png Screenshot of the Alliance of Doctors’ Interactive Map. Red circles represent general problems, black represents deaths of medical staff, and green represents resolved problems.
At the time of writing, Russia has 370,680 confirmed COVID-19 cases according to the Johns Hopkins University Map.
In recent days, Russian health officials have claimed that the situation may stabilise. However, severe regional outbreaks such as the recent spike of infections in Dagestan could jeopardise any slow recovery. In these conditions, the country's medical system is under enormous strain. That's why on May 20, the Doctors’ Alliance of Russia, an independent trade union founded in 2018, released an interactive map detailing the problems faced by hospitals across the country. A contact form allows medical staff to report a problem. Once these cases are verified by the trade union's staff, they are added to the map. In less than a week, the map has recorded 490 such problems, many connected with insufficient supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), unpaid wages, or failure to test medical staff for COVID-19.
Tragically, the map records 268 fatalities of medical workers.