In Crimea, people suffering from diabetes are in a difficult situation. The Russian state at the legislative level is obliged to give all patients insulin and test strips for blood glucose meter. But for some reason this rule of law does not work in the occupied Crimea, and many patients remain without medicine.
“If we take the provision in Ukraine, particularly in Kiev, it can be assessed as satisfactory. As far as I know, in Crimea, the program for diabetics is clearly developed in the legislation of the Russian Federation. In Russia, patients are provided not only with insulin but also with the test strips, which we do not get. And getting them is virtually impossible. This probably does not concern the whole of Russia, but only the occupied Crimea, because security in Crimea, even for such a group as people with disabilities, is not working properly,” Management Chairman of the NGO "Crimean Human Rights Initiative" Lyudmila Skvortsova shared with a QHA correspondent.
According to her, Ukraine has an imported insulin, apart from the domestic "Indar", but in Crimea, the only type of insulin is the one of the Russian manufacture.
In Ukraine, the patient with diabetes should consult the doctors, especially endocrinologists, to coordinate the change of the insulin type to another [of another manufacturer, - Ed.]. In Crimea this change is obligatory. Crimean physicians prescribe "Rosinsulin", despite the fact that it might be only inappropriate for a particular diabetic, but cause severe complications as well.
“Changing one type of insulin to another without the consent of the endocrinologist can lead to amputations, kidney failure and blindness. I have friends with diabetes who live there, and I know that, despite the fact that they are people with disabilities, they have neither the test strips nor the funds,” said the Managing Chairman of the NGO "Crimean Human Rights Initiative" Lyudmila Skvortsova.
She also stressed that blood sugar monitors are of poor-quality in Crimea. Especially if you compare them with Ukrainian counterparts, showing clear evidence.
“For example, I do not have diabetes and when I arrived in Crimea, I decided to check the Crimean blood sugar meter myself. An imported meter showed the blood sugar was 5.2, which is the norm, but the Crimean device somehow showed the higher level of sugar - 6.7. I was even scared, and checked it again when arrived in Kiev, but it was fine,” said Chairman of the Management of the NGO "Crimean Human Rights Initiative" Lyudmila Skvortsova.