Aleksandr Lukashenko hears out report on the availability of hospitals in Minsk

    Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report on the availability of hospitals in Minsk on 15 May.

    The head of state said: “The city needs a hospital. Not a small one. While I am certainly very accurate and careful about the construction of new hospitals, it would be a good idea to normalize the workload of existing ones, but still”.

    As a way out the medical center of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate can be handed over to the Minsk city administration. The medical center is located in the center of the city. At the same time new smaller premises to treat top government officials can be built in a suburb.

    “We have the so-called presidential hospital run by the Belarus President Property Management Directorate. Instead of building new hospitals we could hand over this huge sprawling building to the city authorities and build a small clinic somewhere in the countryside or in a suburb to perform the functions that the presidential hospital now performs,” said the President.

    The head of state reminded that similar proposals had been voiced before.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that the scenario would require the least financial investment. “It would be much cheaper for the country if we gave the hospital to [Minsk Mayor Nikolai] Ladutko and built a small compact clinic for five times less than the $500 million that the city would have to pay to build a new hospital”.

    The President gave instructions to consider the option, determine the price of the construction, the location, the developer, and the timeline.

    At the end of the report Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to assess the options in detail and submit the optimal variant for his consideration.