The Vitebsk City Clinical Emergency Hospital won’t renew a contract with Head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Vladimir Martov. He was one of the first healthcare workers in Belarus who, back in April 2020, when the authorities denied the danger of COVID-19, was not afraid to honestly report on how serious this disease is.
On Monday, 1 March, Vladimir Martov received a notification from the hospital administration that since 3 April, his employment contract has not been extended “due to its expiration.” According to the doctor, the dismissal did not come as a surprise to him, but he is not yet ready to speak on this situation yet. The regional health department and the Healthcare Ministry is yet to comment on the information. TUT.BY journalists are awaiting the reply, which they will publish as soon as they receive it.
In May last year, Martov shared his experience of treating coronavirus positive patients in intensive care. He has repeatedly expressed his opinion about the situation in the country, particularly, how the authorities “abandoned doctors” during the first wave of COVID-19. The doctor described new disease scenarios and how healthy young people and those leading healthy lifestyles died from it. Doctor Martov also did not keep silent about the fact that healthcare workers had to take part in the political life of the country as well.
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Vladimir Martov has 30 years of experience. “I am from a medical family: my father is a surgeon, a professor, my mother is an infectious disease specialist. My wife, sister, sister’s husband are physicians. I worked for 10 years in the 1st city hospital. Then my father and I moved to the City Clinical Emergency Hospital. He worked here as an anesthesiologist. And for the last five years, I have been the head of the department of anesthesiology and resuscitation,” he told TUT.BY about a year ago.