3.1 Support to the development of health protection and social services
Dr. Ludwik Rydygier Voivodeship Hospital in Suwałki (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Hrodna City Clinical Hospital of Emergency Care (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
The specialists from the border area of Poland and Belarus estimate, that about 30% of the population aged 50+ has problems with osteoporosis. In most cases, the detection of the disease occurs only in the case of a fracture. There are also more problems to be faced, such as insufficient medical infrastructure, lack of osteoporosis specialists, no dedicated solutions in diagnostic and treatment etc. Finally, public awareness about the disease is low. There is no coordinated health care policy, that could change this situation.
These issues are a challenge for the MHCPFO project in terms of fighting against osteoporosis. The Voivodeship Hospital in Suwałki will renovate Rheumatology and Orthopaedic-Trauma wards together with purchase of medical devices for operating block, diagnostics imaging units, etc. Also a Geriatric Sub-Department will be established, to take appropriate care of older patients. On the basis of renovated and equipped infrastructure, the Cross-border Centre for Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis will be created there. The twin Centre will be set in the Hospital in Hrodna, where specialized medical equipment for the needs of Orthopaedics and Trauma wards will be bought (operating block, diagnostics imaging, laboratory department). Moreover, the partners will conduct comprehensive events supporting public health (trainings, simulation workshops, on-line seminars and study visits for medical personnel as well as the public campaign on osteoporosis, preventive tests, etc.).
Cooperation within the project will set new standards of diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Equipping with a modern devices will ensure appropriate safety and ergonomics for the comfort of the staff and patients. Thanks to two newly created Centres in Suwałki and Hrodna the hospitals’ potential, know-how and good practises will bring more effective results, giving better access to high-quality medical services for the citizens of the Poland and Belarus cross-border area.
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