“It’s easier to bury than treat.” Known doctor tells about issues related to children transplantation in Russia
In recent years, number of children’s operations related to transplantation of a kidney has been falling steadily in Russia.
Today in Russia, “it’s easier to bury a child who needs a kidney transplantation than provide him or her with treatment.” This opinion was advanced by a head of the kidney transplantation department of the Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital Aleksey Valov in his interview with Kommersant.
“In case a child is in a special hospital - local, regional, or republic’s - there’s a chance to help him. However, there’s no guarantee he’ll survive. But if he’s not there, he’ll certainly die. It’s easier to bury this child than provide him or her with expensive and permanent treatment,” he said.
Valov says that in recent year, number of children’s operations related to transplantation of a kidney has been falling steadily in Russia. Before 2017, there were around 100 operations like this a year; in 2018 - a bit more than 80; in 2019 - 60 only. The doctor ties it to the fact that Russian doctors have no cadaver kidneys due to recent changes and reforms in health care.
Besides that, the doctor reported that at the present time, there’s no governmental programme for children’s transplantation in Russia. Valov believes that the government could have play a major role in solving this issue, however there’s no assistance from the authorities.