Russians' health declines

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1319

The health of Russians is declining dramatically, according to the latest figures released by the Russian state committee for sanitary and epidemiological control. Doctors are complaining that health is low on the government's list of spending priorities.

The number of people with polio has risen from an average of 17 a year over the past few years to 154 in 1995—this is partly explained by the breakdown in the vaccination programme in Chechnya, …

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