220 Moscow doctors take up English courses
Moscow doctors will continue to learn English. By April, 140 specialists from the Scientific and Practical Centre for Emergency Medical Care and the Moscow Scientific and Practical Centre for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, as well as 80 employees of the city's clinics and hospitals, will take language courses. These are mostly resuscitation doctors, physicians, general practitioners and nurses. They will be taught medical terminology in English. This will help doctors ask a foreign patient about complaints, clarify his or her medical history and find out what medications he or she took earlier.
“A lot of fans from around the world will come to Moscow for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. If necessary, Moscow doctors are ready to provide them with top medical care. Most of our specialists already have experience working at major international competitions and assisted fans during the Confederations Cup last year,” the press service of the Healthcare Department said.
During the training, doctors will be divided into groups depending on their English proficiency. An individual programme has been developed for each group.
English classes for ambulance crews will begin in late February. They will have to be on duty in hotels, where the national teams will be staying, as well as at the Spartak and Luzhniki stadiums.
According to the press service, a dispatch centre will operate in Moscow during the tournament, where fluent English-speaking specialists will answer calls from foreign tourists. Foreigners will be able to get help by calling the usual emergency number, 103.
The first stage of medical staff language training for the 2018 World Cup ended in December and involved 180 doctors and nurses.
Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, almost 200 health workers of the Department of Healthcare - doctors and nurses - will undergo special training. Training has already begun and will last until early March. Medical workers will improve their skills in emergency first aid and practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the use of an automated external defibrillator.
The 2018 FIFAWorld Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk. The capital will be the main city of the future tournament as it will host 12 games.
Major sports and cultural events take place in Moscow every year. Among them, there are the Journey to Christmas festival, which attracted over 10 million people during the New Year holidays, and the Circle of Light festival, visited by 3.5 million people last year. In May 2016, more than 400,000 people attended the 80th Ice Hockey World Championships, which took place at two ice arenas - in Moscow and St Petersburg. The experience of working among many people helps Moscow doctors provide timely and high-quality care during public events.