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Where there is war, any help is needed: Lithuanian doctors work in de-occupied communities

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For half a year, the basement of an ordinary residential building served as a shelter for Oksana Makuha’s family and her neighbors, who were trapped in their own yards on the morning of February 24 last year, when “Russian peace” came to Ruska Tyshki with tanks. People didn’t just hide here – they ate, slept, and tried to arrange their lives here. Sometimes, due to intense fighting, they could not leave this basement for several days in a row.

Oksana Makuha, a resident of the village Russian Silence

It was very cold. Especially in March, there were frosts down to 20 degrees, people caught colds… Mostly the priority was children and old people… We, the younger ones, ran around and tried to sleep on chairs. And nerves, naturally, because without nerves it is impossible here, it was simply impossible to survive.

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All this had a significant impact on people’s health – existing chronic diseases worsened and new ones were added. So they were very happy about the visit of Lithuanian doctors here. Ms. Oksana leaves the doctor with a whole bunch of pills: anti-pressure, sleeping pills, sedatives. Experts say: almost all patients have the same complaints.

Toma Kandrote, doctor of family medicine

Almost everyone has blood pressure, almost everyone has a lot of pain of all sorts… stomach, then depression, of course, they can鈥檛 sleep, they can鈥檛 sleep normally.

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Lithuanian volunteer doctors say that the pills were chosen specifically from Ukraine, so that patients could then buy them in pharmacies, because most of the diseases people are dealing with are chronic. However, today medicine is given free of charge. Gradually, the number of people in the yard of the house, where the doctor is receiving, is increasing. Locals pass the news to each other and rush to the reception, because getting to the hospital is still not an easy task for many of them.

Olena Kotlyar, a resident of the village Russian Silence

I broke my arm because I was taking apart the ruins of my own. Well, it turned out that I also have high blood pressure, and I don’t even pay attention to it anymore. Well, God forbid that the medicine will help.

Oksana Bozhko, a resident of the village Russian Silence

My husband had a heart attack during the occupation, but he doesn’t want to go, I’m in his place, and I have high blood pressure, I would also like to be measured and given some medicine. In general, everyone had a good time here.

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A dentist’s appointment continues in the premises of the miraculously survived village dispensary in Rusky Tyshki. Everything that was possible – tools, modern materials, medicines – was brought from Lithuania, says Ms. Khrystyna.

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Khrystyna Zhiadas, dentist

We are glad that we can help, because people really suffer from dental infections, dental pain and it is difficult to go somewhere, there are also economic conditions, because most often the treatment is paid, and people have no income.

The Lithuanian doctor says: she did not hesitate for a single moment whether to go or not to go to the war-torn region, because doctors understand better than anyone how much help is needed for people exhausted by prolonged hostilities and occupation.

Khrystyna Zhiadas, dentist

Where there is war, any kind of help is needed, and when our people in Lithuania said that they needed doctors of any specialization, I immediately signed up for the list.

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The dentist’s patients include young people and middle-aged people. But the most, probably, are pensioners who had problems with dentures during the occupation.

Lidia Myasoedova, a resident of the village Russian Silence

In Kharkov, they tied him up… well, they tied him up, I know how… so that he could neither eat nor speak. With that tongue… and he rises up this bridge and rubs it, rubs it…

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Valery Cherkashin says that the dentists’ visit is also very timely for him, because the need for a doctor’s visit has been ripe for a long time, but somehow it was not possible to get to the city, and here the doctors themselves came. But they are also treated for free.

Valery Cherkashin, a resident of the village Russian Silence

It has been broken since the beginning of the war and so far it doesn鈥檛 hurt, but it needs to be pulled out. He can no longer be treated.

Family doctors and dentists are badly needed at the moment, locals say, but that’s not the biggest problem. Here in almost every yard – wounded, dead or contused – it is difficult for people to cope with such trouble.

Oksana Makuha, a resident of the village Russian Silence

Before the war, no one would have thought that a psychologist was needed. And he is really needed. At least just talk, just tell. Because when you tell each other, everyone stands and cries, but a person will listen, that鈥檚 enough for a person to listen.

But most of all, Ms. Oksana admits, they were afraid not even for themselves, although the occupiers then walked the streets, peered into every house, sometimes took someone away for more thorough checks. They were afraid for those who were fired upon from weapons placed in the yards and on the streets of Tyshkiv.

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Oksana Makuha, a resident of the village Russian Silence

They bombed Kharkov, we timed it, an hour forty-five from all guns. There was a 9 mm cannon, grads, self-propelled guns, they just had a continuous battle going towards Northern Saltovka. They threw, threw, threw, it was terrible for those people who were sitting there. It’s easy for them.

There are probably no undamaged houses even in Tyshky itself, so the biggest need, say the village military administration, is to have time to at least somehow close the house before the cold weather.

Ihor Kuzmenko, first deputy chief of the Tsirkunivsk village military administration

Above all, the need is building materials in order to cover the roof, repair the windows and live in your own home. People are returning to their homes, trying to enter the winter more prepared. So we work.

However, says Ihor Kuzmenko, the residents of the community have already started receiving money from the state for housing restoration. This also gives people optimism and confidence that the coming winter will be less severe for them than the last one.

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