Residents of the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic bought up thermometers and medicines in pharmacies due to the increase in the incidence of COVID-19. There is a shortage of these goods in the region. Olga Kalita, director of the Altai Pharmacy State Unitary Enterprise, told about this, TASS reports.
According to her, antibacterial drugs and mercury thermometers disappear from the shelves due to the rush of demand. Antiviral agents cannot reach the regions due to labeling problems and are still in factories. The officials plan to eliminate the shortage of thermometers in November-December.
The head of the regional Ministry of Health, Olga Semina, noted that due to self-medication, citizens have complications. Which ones, she did not specify. The minister added that many doctors have contracted the coronavirus and the availability of medicine has declined.
Earlier, the head of the Altai Republic, Oleg Horokhordin, spoke about the shortage of medicines. He noted that disruptions in the work of "hot lines" began, queues were lined up in polyclinics and it was necessary to use the help of medical students and teachers of medical colleges. Of the 493 coronavirus beds, 400 have already been taken, additional beds will be deployed.
Earlier, doctors warned Russians about the dangers of self-medication during an epidemic. So, uncontrolled intake of immunomodulators can lead to the development or exacerbation of autoimmune diseases. Taking antibacterial agents leads to the development of resistance, which in the future will seriously complicate the treatment of bacterial diseases. Even vitamins are sometimes harmful.