Implementation Of Programme For Rehabilitation Of Population Affected By Nuclear Tests Near Semipalatinsk Underway

About 12 billion roubles - approximately 400 million dollars - have been spent in the Altai Territory, southern Siberia, on the rehabilitation of the population that suffered from the nuclear tests at the former Soviet testing ground near the city of Semipalatinsk, the top officials of a special committee established in the Altai Territory for doing away with the consequences of tests reported. Semipalatinsk is situated on the territory of present Kazakhstan near the Altai Territory. According to the committee's data, more than 50 hospitals and outpatient clinics and 21 social-maintenance facilities have been put into service over the decade that has passed since the adoption of the rehabilitation programme. More than 60 million dollars have been spent only on the provision of the diagnostic centres in Barnaul and other towns of the Altai Territory with up-to-date medical equipment. All this made it possible to increase early exposure of diseases, among them oncologic ones.

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