A new republican perinatal centre will be constructed in Ufa

A major perinatal centre is set to open in Ufa, costing around 976 million roubles.

Ufa is to become one of several Russian cities to house a modern perinatal centre. The initial cost estimate is set at some 1.976 billion roubles, 90% of which will come from the Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund and the remainder from the Republic’s budget. 32 Federal entities in the Russian Federation have been chosen. Krasnoyarsk Krai and Moscow Region will have two centres each. Other regions, including Bashkiriya will have one each, stated Svetlana Kuskarbekova, Head of the Press Service for the Republic’s Ministry of Health. ”As part of the Federal Programme for the development of perinatal centres in the Russian Federation, Ufa is set to have a new 130-bed republican perinatal centre. The design specification has been prepared, and the site already chosen – Avrora Street 18/1. Calls for tender will be announced shortly for the construction contract”.

The new maternity centre for the capital of Bashkiriya has become a necessity, as it would be for any city of one million inhabitants. The demographic situation in the country is reasonably good on the whole, however in the Republic problems have been appearing recently. This is primarily linked to the social situation, opines Gul’dar Khilashev, Deputy Director of Research at the Institute of Social and Political Legal Studies of the Republic’s Academy of Science. “It is primarily the rural areas that are seeing a drop in population. Around 40% of the Republic’s population lives in rural areas, which is quite a high figure. At the same time, in 2013 we began to see some positive trends, both in natural and migrational population movement. However the positive trend is being observed in general in urban areas. 

“Assistance is primarily offered by these institutions to high-risk groups of pregnant women and those with greater risk of abnormalities at birth with complications,” explains Anatoliy Vishnyevskiy, Director of the Institute of Demographics at the Higher School of Economics. “In comparison with previous years the situation has improved. Birth rates are up and mortality is down. And of course, the better conditions are for a woman at birth, particularly for those women aged 30, or even for those over 25, the better. What we must do is provide not only for the birth, but also the ante-natal period. We hope that with the help of the new perinatal centres we will be able to better resolve the issue.”

Between 2014 and 2016, a total of 32 perinatal centres will be built in 30 regions across Russia. The Federal State Treasury will provide over 52 billion roubles of funding. Besides this, at the end of November 2014 a new private 95-bed perinatal centre will open at a cost of 1.8 billion roubles. This centre will be able to accommodate up to 2,000 births every year.

Source: www.bfmufa.ru