COVID pandemic not to tell on long-term life expectancy indices – expert

TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 22, 2020 at 8:16 PM

MOSCOW, September 22. /TASS/. The coronavirus pandemic will not tell on the life expectancy indices set in the Healthcare national project, Oksana Drapkina, director of the Research Institute of Therapy and Preventive Medicine and the Russian health ministry's chief visiting physician, said on Tuesday.

"I hope the pandemic will not tell on the long-term life expectancy goals set in the national projects," she said, admitting however that there are risks that some indices would not be reached in the short-term perspective.

"First of all, I mean the federal project on medical assistance, which focuses on preventive measures, medical examinations," she said, adding that all the indices of the 2019 project on primary medical assistance were attained.

The national project Healthcare is comprised of eight federal projects, namely those on the development of the primary medical assistance system, on cardio-vascular diseases, on oncological diseases, on the development of child care system, on medical personnel, on the development of the network of national medical research centers and use of innovative medical technologies, on the establishment of a unified digital system in the healthcare sector, and on the development of exports of medical services.

According to the Kremlin press service, the president set a task of bringing life expectancy in Russia up to 78 years by 2030.