Military Doctors: No shortage of medicines, equipment at frontlines

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Military doctors, who worked at the frontlines during last month’s four-day war, say that the Armenian army is fully provided with medicine, medical equipment and ambulance vehicles.

According to the authorities, from the very first day of the hostilities everything was under control at the line of contact in Nagorno Karabakh, and the medical service was organized properly: as a result, all wounded received timely and duly medical aid.

On the very first days of the four-day war two six-member-groups of doctors, including surgeons and traumatologists, went to various military units in Karabakh. Besides administering first medical aid to soldiers, doctors also took medicines to military units, and trained soldiers to be able to give first aid to their wounded comrades.

Varuzhan Hakobyan, who was a military doctor for a long time and works as a civilian doctor today, has recently returned from Karabakh. He said that the army is provided with all necessary supplies for giving first aid, and soldiers have relevant knowledge to organize the first aid by themselves.

“As for the staff, I think that all doctors are now ready to work as military doctors, if they undergo training for a few days. But, thank God, we do not need it now, because the army does not have personnel shortage,” says Hakobyan.

According to him, there are some problems, but military medicine has gone through a serious stage of development in recent years.

“Being a former military doctor, when I compare, I see great progress, and those little flaws that exist can be corrected. Soldiers’ service at military bases is carried out according to the sanitary and hygienic norms,” said the former military doctor.

Hakobyan also said that the presence of three generations at bases and the mutual respect that is observed among them is an important factor, which has kept the combat spirit of the military high.

According to Hakobyan, today the Armenian army has the necessary resources and medical goods, equipment and vehicles.

“Of course, the more, the better: I think, any support, will be duly used. I saw many new sanitary vehicles there. It’s natural that such questions arise during this kind of events. In my opinion there is no lack of specialists in the field, too. All doctors in the health care sector are psychologically ready to be military doctors, if there is any need for it,” he said, adding that today’s military medicine has made greater progress than civilian one.

A few days ago, Colonel Kamavor Khachatryan, the head of the Medical Department of the Armed Forces, said that during the four-day-war military doctors worked at the distance of 10 kilometers away from the frontline and carried out exceptional operations, including plastic surgeries, as a result of which it became possible to preserve the limbs of quite a few soldier and they are able to walk today.

Khachatryan said that doctors performed carotid artery, heart and other surgeries. Military doctors were able to do everything to reduce the percentage of disability among the injured.

Like soldiers, doctors worked under an immediate risk of enemy fire. Thus, in one incident that occurred after the April 5 ceasefire, Azerbaijan targeted and destroyed with tank fire a medical vehicle with a red cross on it that was used for transporting wounded soldiers from the frontlines. No one was inside the ambulance car then.