The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of doctors, nurses and paramedics and raised the public awareness of their role for the society.
The number of people willing to work at ambulance stations in St. Petersburg has increased, Peterburgsky Dnevnik daily reports quoting Alexey Boikov, chief doctor of the city ambulance station.
He noted that students of medical colleges helped a lot during the peak period working as operators taking calls at ambulance stations. Some of them have now come to work in the ambulance system on long-term conditions.
During the quarantine, the ambulance service operated 24 hours a day with no days off and holidays. The operators had over 23 thousand calls, 174 ambulance teams were constantly ready.
The city is prepared for the second wave of the pandemic, Boikov said. Now, city hospitals are starting to reopen specialized infectious departments for COVID-19 patients. Additional facilities will be put into operation should the number of patients grow dramatically.
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