By Palina Lakhmanenka
Specialised exhibitions always attract attention from connected specialists but the annual International Medicine and Health Fair aims to create a diverse programme — interesting to all. Thousands of Minskers attended the event this year, able to see the latest medical equipment, while gaining advice on its use.
Although foreign made equipment enjoys a good reputation, most Belarusian hospitals use domestically produced devices. Moreover, their manufacturing companies already have professional recognition. Among them is a firm producing artificial life support equipment, which began by making medical furniture.
Staff from the Belarusian Children’s Hospice attended the fair, manning an info kiosk to promote their work and encourage volunteers, distributing its brochures. The organisation has been operational for over 15 years in Belarus, assisting many families free of charge.
Every year, the fair hosts numerous scientific-practical conferences, seminars and training courses; 2011 was no exception, with the Republican Health Safety conference looking at how white goods and modern communication devices influence our health. It aroused great debate.