Some 1,500 seek medical help after protests in Kyiv, say opposition
Nearly 1,500 people have contacted the medical service of the so-called national resistance headquarters and mobile paramedic brigades in Kyiv over the past 24 hours, Maidan Medical Service Coordinator Oleh Musiy said.
"Over the past 24 hours the medical service and mobile brigades, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the barricades (a total of ten), have been contacted by 1,400 victims," Musiy said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Around 80% of complaints involved injuries to the face, arms and legs, he said.
The majority of complaints were made at the Maidan medical aid center which was set up near the barricades on Hrushevskoho Street on January 19, Musiy said.
There has been a negative trend in the cooperation between the headquarters' medical service and the state medicine, he said.
Almost all victims refuse to go to state healthcare institutions, Musiy said. "We are aware of more than one instance of interference in the work of the Medical Service, which occurred at the stage of patient transfer from paramedics to a hospital," he said.
"Our so-called special agents planted at admissions units and other medical subdivisions have been catching the injured people," the Medical Service coordinator. "And if they (the victims) were provided with aid and need no further hospitalization, they get escorted to a police station," he said.
The headquarters' Medical Service will not pass on victims' data to law enforcement agencies, Musiy said.