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A Russian nurse with swimsuit under her gown is another demonstration of unreadiness of the Russian health care system to fight against Covid-19

As coronavirus infections continue to occupy Russia, the virus is taking the lives of not only of ordinary people but also of Russian health care workers and staff, frequently complaining a lack protective equipment and poor working conditions, disloyal attitude of Russian authorities and in general unreadiness of not only Russian authorities, but also national health care system.

A case that has happened in one of Russia’s regions once again proved unreadiness of the its health care to fight against Covid-19 spread. This time it is about a nurse [according to some outlets “nurse Nadia”] wearing a swimsuit beneath a transparent plastic gown. This case attracted attention to the need for better personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff being in the front line in the fight against Covid-19.

That woman was photographed while her working at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital, maybe by one of the patients. According to local outlets, she was treating Covid-19 patients in her underwear, but later it was found out that it was a swimsuit.

She had such wearing because she felt “hot” under the stifling material. Health-care workers in the coronavirus unit are required to wear personal protective equipment while being at their many hours shifts.

Photos of the “Nurse Nadia” quickly went “popular” on different social media channels, provoking many jokes.

But many medical professionals stated once again that this case testified to the need Russia should do the best to provide its doctors and medical staff with proper PPE so that they could perform their job.

Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Alliance of Doctors, a small but vocal independent doctors union, is known to be a critic of the Russia’s policy regarding fight against Covid-19 stated the medical staff should have been provided with a better-quality isolation gown and disclosed many cases of medical workers infected because of lack of proper protection.

It worth nothing that Russia is currently facing the aggravation of the Covid-19 related situation. There have been 353,427 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 3,633 deaths.

Medical staff of many Russian health-care facilities have frequently criticized the shortage of protective gear and ventilators. Many doctors and nurses say they’ve been threatened with death or prosecution for their criticism and for spreading “fake news”. Anastasia Vasilyeva has not become exception. She was jailed overnight last month after accusation by the government of undercounting its coronavirus numbers.

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