Posted: 25.02.2022 16:48:00

Rummo: combination of science and practice enabled us to gain global credibility

This was reported to Aleksandr Lukashenko as he visited Minsk Scientific and Practical Centre of Surgery, Transplantology and Haematology


The Centre’s Director, Oleg Rummo, in particular, said that the clinic is now unique for the country – ‘since it is the single multidisciplinary scientific medical centre in Belarus where, along with high technologies, absolutely all areas of modern medicine are being developed: haematology, onco-haematology, bone marrow and cell transplantation’, “In addition, all these technologies are installed in usual medical practices: therapy, neurology...”

Another feature of the Centre is that scientific research in absolutely all transplantology-related areas is conducted here and, by now, 188 new methods of treatment and diagnostics have been developed and put into practice. In addition, the highly qualified scientific personnel are trained at the Centre. “The combination of science and practice, the multifunctionality of these areas have enabled us to gain credibility around the globe and on the post-Soviet space,” Mr. Rummo commented.

In particular, a team of Belarusian specialists once performed the first liver transplant operations for adults and children in Kazakhstan, the first liver transplant surgery in Armenia, and the first kidney transplant operation in Georgia.

As stated by Mr. Rummo, the money earned here is actively invested in the development of the clinic and its employees. “Last year, more than Br17m were spent to increase our employees’ salary and to purchase medical equipment. At the moment, the highest wages in the country are paid here: on average, Br4,000 to doctors and Br2,500 to nurses. Moreover, we manage to increase salaries from year to year. Unique specialists earn up to $4,000-5,000,” he said, adding that such specialists are in great demand around the world.

The main task of the Centre is to improve transplant care. Due to the epidemiological situation, its volume has slightly decreased. However, regarding the number of operations per 1m of people, Belarus is ahead of Germany, Poland, the Baltic States, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

“The main thing is not the quantity. The key is that these operations give a chance for a normal quality of life to a great number of people,” Mr. Rummo concluded.