We have a lot of problems with our healthcare system in the Far North, tells Nazar. People live in remote areas with no access to medical services. Hospitals built in soviet times don’t meet necessary requirements anymore, there is lack of specialists in almost every field, says Nazar. For this reason having majored in surgery he has decided to have additional training in emergency medicine.
2009, Nazar had worked as a surgeon in three large but sparsely
populated northern areas of Yakutia: Momsky, Eveno-Bytantaysky and
Allaikhovsky districts with about 4.5, 2.8 and 3 thousand inhabitants on
areas of 104.6, 52.3 and 107.3 thousand square kilometers accordingly.
the only surgeon in those regions, Nazar visited reindeer herders and
hunters living in remote areas for health survey where he stayed for 2-3
months. The population there is scattered with the active population
living outside the settlements. He says that air-medical service costs
about 10 million rubles per year, and it is said to be cheaper than
building and maintaining a surgery for hospital in Eveno-Bytantay. He
mentions the high injury rate connected with traditional activities and
necessity of emergency service in such areas.
Allaikha region where he spent 2 months last year, they have modern
hospital with well-equipped surgery room. But unfortunately there was
lack of specialists because of remoteness, living conditions and poor
salaries. In 2006, I got a north2north scholarship and had a unique
chance which changed my world-view. The experience I gained during my
exchange studies helps me in my work and research. For example, Nikolay
Shadrin, who I went to Umeå University with, now manages biochemical
laboratory in Yakutsk. So, I am grateful to the University of the
Arctic, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Claudia Fedorova and stuff of NEFU
International Office for this experience, concludes Nazar Petrov.
Daria Burnasheva, Svetlana Ivanova
North-Eastern Federal University
BCS student accepts challenges in Arctic Yakutia
Fri, Jan 11, 2013
The last three years have been both challenging and enjoyable for Nazar Petrov, postgraduate Emergency Medicine student at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. He took his first Circumpolar Studies courses several years ago, and he continues with the rest of them this study year. After working experience in remote northern regions he is back to his university studies and shares his Arctic experience.