More than half of the cases of disability among participants in the special operation, as determined by medical and social examination, are associated with amputation of the upper and lower extremities. About it reported Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection Alexey Vovchenko during a round table in the Federation Council on the topic “Comprehensive rehabilitation of participants in a special military operation who received injuries or illnesses during combat missions.”
The deputy minister noted that more than 80% of disabled participants in the special operation are examined in three regions of Russia – Moscow (15.7%), Moscow region (45%) and St. Petersburg (almost 20%).
Vovchenko did not name the number of disabled people, but noted that about 54.4% of all those examined were recognized as disabled with amputations. Moreover, most of them are young people, in contrast to civilian disabled people, among whom older people and pensioners predominate. Their amputations are mainly associated with diabetes, vascular abnormalities and senile disorders.
The proportion of amputations of lower extremities among participants in the special operation is 80%, of upper extremities – 20%. Vovchenko clarified that among civilians the percentage of upper limb amputations is minimal, and is mainly associated with various injuries, including in road accidents and at work.
“Of all the participants examined, 84% received recommendations for the provision of technical means of rehabilitation. This is also a fairly large percentage. And all types: these are not only prosthetics, these are, of course, strollers of various types, these are also special clothing, orthopedic shoes. That is, all the necessary kit that is required for an individual rehabilitation and habilitation program, these appointments are already underway,” he added.
On October 17, parliamentary hearings on the rehabilitation of people with disabilities were held in the State Duma. Chairman of the Defenders of the Fatherland Foundation Anna Tsivileva called on people with disabilities who participated in the special operation not to be placed in the general queue to receive technical means of rehabilitation (TSR). She suggested that they be classified as a “special attention category” and that training in the use of TSR be provided.
From June 1, 2023, electronic certificate for TSR distributed by for complex prostheses. The Ministry of Labor cataloged the details of the prostheses and, on the basis of medical and social expertise, formed the competence to create the prosthesis that a person individually needs, taking into account his characteristics.