Source Pravda.Ru

More than Three Million Russian Children Require Urgent Hospital Treatment

Initial results of the national examination for children have revealed that 3.26 million children currently require inpatient care. As a Rosbalt correspondent was informed by Chief Pediatrician for the Russian Health Ministry Alexander Tsaregorodtsev, a further 4.5 million children must undergo a course of sanatorium treatment.

Last year, the head pediatrician said, about 6 million children were hospitalized. 92% of the children examined were declared physically developed while 8% of boys and 8.1% of girls were underdeveloped physically. Moreover, it was observed that many boys under 18 have a deficit of muscle bulk. 18% have a bad posture and, what is more, this problem is twice as common among children living in cities than it is among children in rural areas. 14% have problems with their musculoskeletal system, 13% have digestive disorders, 10% have eye problems and 8% have respiratory problems.