In Rural Siberia, the Hospital Comes to You

Once a year, people in rural Russia look forward to getting expert health care—at their local railway station
Patients wait for medical treatment and laboratory results on the Saint Lukas medical train, which stopped in the remote town of Kuragino, Russia, on November 13, 2016. The train comes about once a year to each town on its route.
05_19_SiberianHealthClinicTrain_01 Source: Emile Ducke

The Saint Lukas train doesn’t accept passengers—it accepts only the sick. The Saint Lukas is one of five government-funded medical trains that travel to remote towns in central and eastern Russia. Each stop lasts an average of two days, and during that time the doctors and nurses on board provide rural populations with basic medical care, X-ray scans, prescriptions and referrals to seek specialist help.

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