In the current epidemic situation of the struggle of our doctors with COVID-19, when all efforts are aimed at helping workers with the provision of personal protective equipment, hot meals, accommodation, the trade union organization of the healthcare institution does not forget its liquidators of the Chernobyl tragedy.

April 26, 2020 marks 34 years since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The largest nuclear technological disaster in world history occurred on the night of April 26, 1986 at the 4th power-generating unit of the Chernobyl NPP, located a few kilometers from the Belarusian border in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat.

As a result of this largest technological disaster, the total radiation pollution area of the territory of the Republic of Belarus amounted to 46,5 thousand square kilometers, where about 20 percent of the country's population lived.

The main directions of state social policy in relation to citizens affected by the Chernobyl NPP disaster are assistance to socially vulnerable categories of the population and the implementation of priority state programs that include measures to protect motherhood and childhood, reduce the risk of health loss, creating conditions for the social and economic development of the regions affected by the disaster at the Chernobyl NPP.

The Law of the Republic of Belarus «On social protection of citizens affected by the Chernobyl NPP disaster and other radiation accidents» establishes the protection of the rights and interests of the following groups of citizens:

involved in the liquidation of aftermath of the disaster;

resettled and moved to a new place of residence from territories of radioactive contamination;

currently residing in the indicated territories;

involved in the liquidation or affected by accidents and their consequences at other nuclear facilities of a civilian or military purpose;

injured by tests, exercises and other activities related to nuclear installations, including nuclear weapons.

The trade union committee of the healthcare institution «4th City Clinical Hospital named after M. Saŭčanka» in the difficult epidemiological situation singled out the employees-liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

A one-time financial assistance of 30 rubles for each employee was provided to 17 employees by the trade union committee.

According to the Collective agreement for 2019-2022, financial assistance is provided to the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl NPP disaster at the Day of the Chernobyl tragedy. In 2020, one-time financial assistance was paid to 17 hospital employees in the amount of 30 rubles, and material assistance in the amount of 30 rub. for each was also provided from the trade union committee.

Information on the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy is posted on the trade union stands of the healthcare institution «4th City Clinical Hospital named after M. Saŭčanka».

Observing the sanitary and epidemiological regime in the hospital, gratitude was expressed to the employees via the local network and social networks for the contribution they had made to the liquidation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, risking their health.