A couple’s lifetime of devotion to medical care in Krasnoarmeyskoye
The couple has been running a clinic in Krasnoarmeyskoye in Donetsk Oblast for almost 40 years. Evgeny is the head of the clinic while his wife is a family doctor.
This hospital is my first home. I'm 74 years old and have been in medicine all my life. After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, I moved with my wife to the village of Krasnoarmeyskoye and this has become our home for almost 40 years.
Their granddaughter is studying at a medical university and plans to follow in the footsteps of her grandparents.
The clinic serves residents of the village of Krasnoarmeyskoye and nine nearby settlements totaling around 2,500 people. The clinic, which sees an average of 30 patients a day, has a day patient department, a COVID ward, and an exam room.
The clinic was damaged twice as a result of hostilities. There were hits on the roof in 2015 and 2019.
"When rained, we put up buckets and collected water. That's how the clinic was able to continue to work," Valentina said. "Now there is nothing to worry about as the Red Cross has repaired the roof and gutters, so nothing is pouring inside. They also repaired the porch at the entrance to the hospital," she continued. "We've never had such a roof," Evgeny added.
With the support of the ICRC, about 500 square meters of roofing were replaced.
"During these 8 years of hostilities, the Red Cross also provided assistance to our village: these are construction material for emergency repair of damaged houses, food and hygiene boxes for residents, sanitation items and disinfectants, and medicines for the clinic," says Valentina.