As part of the medical examination, a team of doctors examined the adult and child population of the village of Pskhu.
Another medical examination was carried out by the World Abaza Congress in the high-mountain village of Pskhu from September 15 to 18. This trip was different from all other trips in terms of its scale.
The inaccessibility of the village was the main reason that a complete survey of the population has not been carried out here for three years. The WAC took the initiative in organizing medical examinations of children and adults. With the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic, the administration and clinics of the Sukhum District, the clinical examination was carried out on a full scale. The plane made two flights in each direction. For the first time, ultrasound and ECG machines were delivered to Pskhu as part of the medical examination. A portable X-ray diagnostic complex arrived in the village on a separate flight to conduct X-rays and fluorography.
The head of the WAC Department for Education, Social Activity and Health, Izolda Khagba, was the initiator and organizer of the trip.
"Such a large-scale trip was preceded by serious preparatory work. Since the medical examination was planned in the village of Pskhu, and this is the prerogative of the clinic in the Sukhum District, to begin with, we, together with the head physician of the clinic, Andrey Tuzhba, developed a work plan. After this, work on forming a group of doctors began at the Ministry of Health with Deputy Minister Saida Delba and the Chief Specialist of the Department of Medical and Preventive Care of the Ministry, Esma Gunia. The head of the Sukhum District, Alkhas Chitanava, and the head of the village of Pskhu, Pyotr Novinkin, provided the entire traveling team with accommodation, since the trip was three days. We were in constant contact with the airport where we booked flights to Pskhu, since the possibility of the plane’s departure directly depends on weather conditions," said Izolda Khagba.
She also noted that any such action is associated with various kinds of difficulties, but all these obstacles were overcome, and the trip turned out to be very useful for the residents of Pskhu.
"Thanks to the fact that doctors and everyone on whom the result depended were willing to meet with us, we were able to organize an examination on an unprecedented scale for this village. Of course, it was very nice how highly people appreciated what was done for them. The inaccessibility of the village, among other things, makes it difficult for the residents of Pskhu to undergo timely examination and treatment, so this action, during which it was possible not only to identify diseases, but also to make specific prescriptions, we are confident, was useful and timely for them," Khagba noted
The trip took three days. According to tradition, medical examination began with glucose and blood sampling for general analysis. The NIIEPiT employees took biomaterial and delivered it on the same day to Sukhum by air. Doctors received test results the next morning. This allowed conducting a full diagnosis of the village residents.
11 doctors of different profiles took part in the medical examination: cardiologist Inga Pipia, nurse Eva Narmania, radiologist Aslan Berzenia, dentist Lev Amichba, gynecologist Oksana Chitanava, pediatric surgeon Zita Apba, neurologist Fatima Sangulia, endocrinologist Nana Argun, ophthalmologist Anna Kove with nurse Madina Tsargush, urologist David Smyr, therapist Andrey Tuzhba, as well as NIIEPiT employees Faina Gorukhchieva and Khamida Trapsh.
Naur Khishba, specialist of the WAC Department for Education, Social Activity and Health, noted the readiness of the village residents to undergo examinations.
"I would really like to note the warm welcome that the village residents gave us. It was clear that they were interested in undergoing as many examinations as possible. In general, people are healthy to varying degrees. However, in the field of urology, cardiology and dentistry, problems have been identified that require close attention. In the field of ophthalmology, some problems require prompt surgical intervention to avoid blindness of the patient. Mostly we are talking about older patients."
Gynecologist Oksana Chitanava shared her observations during an examination of villagers.
"Pathologies were identified that did not bother the women, they had no complaints, but there are diseases, and we will treat them. We collected samples for cervical cancer in all women. We will deliver all the tests that were taken here to Sukhum. We have cytologists working there and the results will be ready within a few days," Chitanava said.
The head of the village, Pyotr Navinkin, thanked the organizers and everyone involved in the implementation of the "noble mission", noting the importance and significance of the ongoing medical examination.
"We were very lucky this year. I would like to note the Abaza Congress. We met with them a few months earlier, discussed the event for September, and today I can say that competent planning made it possible to organize all this at a high level. We are pleased with this opportunity and grateful to everyone involved," he noted.
The medical examination project is aimed at providing qualified medical care to students in rural schools in Abkhazia. It is held with the financial support of the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the WAC Mussa Ekzekov.