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Penza volunteers learn children’s TB hospital wing is disbanded

12:14 | 25.09.2015 | Society

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Penza, 25 September 2015. PenzaNews. The children’s wing of the Penza regional tuberculosis hospital, and the game room repaired in summer of 2015 thanks to the charity program “Spring of Hope” with the plans to decorate the walls in the autumn, have been disbanded, the executive director of the Civil Union foundation Oleg Sharipkov announced through his Facebook account.

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“The adult patients already occupy the former play room. Glad we haven’t bought the equipment and the furniture,” he wrote in his post, accompanied by a 3D sketch of the game room.

In a phone interview with PenzaNews agency, Oleg Sharipkov explained they learned the wing was disbanded shortly before, when they were trying to agree on conducting the necessary works to decorate the game room.

At the same time, Elmira Rakhmatullina, secretary to the chief medical officer of the Penza regional tuberculosis hospital, said the children’s wing has not been disbanded.

“It was moved following the severity of the children’s illness. The children with tuberculosis remained there, on Avtomatny bystreet. The rest of the children, not quite infected, were sent to the health resort. The children’s department was not disbanded. I don’t see why the troubles. The children remained there, and the rest moved to the Kordon Studyony health resort,” the speaker said.

The secretary assured the PenzaNews reporter she has the up-to-date information on the case, but refused to transfer them to the top management of the medical institution, saying the CMO is on vacation and their assistant is at an important meeting.

The press service of the Health Ministry in the Penza region is yet to issue a comment on the situation.

As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, the design for the game room in the Penza regional tuberculosis hospital was developed by the architecture company “Glagol.” The plan featured wall paintings of fairy tale heroes and animals, bookshelves, tables and chairs.

According to the head of “Glagol” Galina Turchak, the project took into account the specifics of the medical institution: as a result, they decided to do away without carpets, pillows and drapings, and focus on eco-friendly washable materials.

The project was praised by the supervision council as the most professional one.

The game room renovation was funded through sales of charity postcards and an auction organized by the Civil Union foundation.

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