News Society, 19/09/2017

Health Fair: ‘Teddy Bear Doctors’ and School for Parents

Health Fair took place in Valky, Kharkiv region, at the end of last week. Within its framework, patients were able to communicate with doctors in an informal setting, had free access to counseling and diagnosis. They could also get more information about the medical reform.

The Fair aims to introduce district doctors to residents. This is important, as, under the medical reform plan, patients will choose their family doctors and sign agreements with them. The National Health Service will pay the doctors for an each patient. It means the doctors’ income will depend on the patient’s satisfaction.

Also, Valky residents could see a cardiologist, neurologist, ophthalmologist or dentist. Pediatrician Olga Volobuyeva told about School for young parents. Each group consists of 5–10 people. For more than a year of school’s work, three classes have already graduated from it.

Further, pediatrician Olga Volobuyeva told about School for young parents. Each group consists of 5–10 people. For more than a year of school’s work, three classes have already graduated from it.

The students of Kharkiv National Medical University made a real show for young visitors. Kids acted like parents and doctors, and future medics with their teddy bears were children’s patients. This game’s purpose was to deal with kids’ fears of hospitals and doctors.

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The event was a part of Support the Transformation of Primary Care project in the Kharkiv region. Renaissance International Foundation funded it. The Kharkiv Expert Group for Support of Medical Reform and Change Agency Perspectives, in turn, assisted in its organization.

The chief doctor of Valky Center of Primary Health Care Maryna Orlova compared the event with a porcelain cup. She said such a venue should take place regularly giving people opportunity for education and raising their awareness.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

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