Russian pilgrims injured in bus crash get medical aid in full

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July 10, 2012, 7:59 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

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Ukrainian Vice Premier and Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova has briefed Ukrainian Premier Mykola Azarov on the measures that have been taken in response to the bus crash in Chernihiv region, in which Russian pilgrims were killed and injured.

"I invited you to hear a report in the situation with the accident that occurred in Chernihiv region, in which pilgrims from the Russian Federation were killed and injured. What is the situation like as of today, what do we have to do to provide three injured people hospitalized in Chernihiv regional hospital with medical aid?" the premier said at a meeting with the minister in Kyiv on Tuesday, according to the government's press service.

Bohatyriova informed Azarov on the measures that have been taken by Ukrainian profile experts since the moment of the accident.

According to the minister, the governmental commission to investigate into the circumstances of the accident, which was formed right after the crash, quickly departed for the scene of the accident, held a number of meetings, and made the necessary decisions. This allowed the necessary measures to be taken to provide those passengers injured in the bus crash with the necessary aid. Those injured in the accident whose condition was too critical for transportation are receiving medical aid in full today.

Azarov asked about the state of health of the three passengers that are hospitalized in Chernihiv.

"These patients have been receiving medical aid in full since the accident and as of today," Bohatyriova said.

She added that the Russian Embassy in Ukraine highly evaluated all actions of Ukrainian experts.

"The medics arrived at the scene of the accident 10 minutes after the emergency call. All services that were involved worked in time, quickly, and professionally," she said.

Bohatyriova was appointed as first deputy chair of the governmental commission for investigation into the causes for the bus crash in Chernihiv region.

Three patients that were hospitalized as a result of the accident are still in critical condition.

"Their condition is critical with minor improvement. One woman is in a critical condition," an employee of the intensive care department of Chernihiv City Hospital No. 2 told Interfax-Ukraine.

As reported, a bus carrying a group of Christian pilgrims from Velikiye Luki, the Pskov region of Russia, to the Pochayiv Monastery in western Ukraine overturned on a highway between Chernihiv and Kyiv in the north of Ukraine early on Saturday. Fourteen people were killed and 29 others injured in the crash. Three Russians injured in the accident are in emergency care at Chernihiv city hospital.

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