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    HEALTH MINISTER PERSONALLY CONTROLS MEDICAL AID TO MOSCOW EXPLOSION VICTIMS

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    MOSCOW, February 6, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Health Minister Yury Shevchenko personally controls the provision of medical aid to the victims of the explosion in the Moscow underground on Friday morning, the ministry's press service reported.

    "Urgent medical aid has been provided in full to all the victims, and the situation is now under control," the ministry's press release says.

    The ministry's press secretary Alexander Zharov said on Friday that the ambulances and rapid reaction brigades of the Emergencies Medicine Centre "Zashchita" "arrived in a matter of minutes at the site of the incident in connection of the explosion in the Moscow underground." "The reserves of medicines and the necessary equipment are enough for all kinds of specialised and urgent medical aid," underscored Alexander Zharov.

    He said that 80 injured persons were brought to Moscow hospitals. The necessary medical aid is being offered to all of them.

    130 persons received medical aid in the place of the incident.

    Sixty ambulances, five brigades from the Moscow Emergency Medicine Centre, three brigades from the Emergencies Medicine Centre "Zashchita" of the Russian Health Ministry and three brigades of psychologists are working near the underground stations of Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya.

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