Donetsk, Jun 22 - DAN. DPR authorities set up a new counselling centre for rehabilitation of servicemen and members of their families who suffered during Donbass fighting, the Centre’s chief doctor Elena Lyashenko told a news conference at Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

“Due to an increase in the number of diseases and injuries causing disability, which have been particularly prominent against the background of ongoing fighting, we had to set up a psychological rehabilitation centre for other groups of the population,” Lyashenko said.

The Centre foremost aids servicemen and their families. The in-patient department can accommodate 400 people; the Centre has four occupational therapy units and three neurology units. It also provides services for other DPR residents who suffered from the war.

DPR Health Care Ministry chief psychiatrist Valeria Voyevodina who took part in the news conference said that specialists of the Republican Clinical Psychoneurological Hospital were ready to help in receiving and treating patients.

“We work with the patients’ emotional experience and help them to correctly assess their situation. Each patient chooses the form of rehabilitation; we have developed a wealth of training methods to aid them in their choice,” Voyevodina added.

The psychological centre was set up under the aegis of the Republican Hospital for Occupational Diseases at the instruction of DPR Health Care Ministry on 15 May 2017. The document spells out “the patient itinerary” for DPR militiamen and members of their families needing rehabilitation, with a list of indications and contraindications for hospitalisation. The Centre is located in Donetsk’s Kalininskiy district near Motel bus terminal.*jk