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Decline In Russian Population Will Be Reversed In Five Years - Roszdrav Chief

MOSCOW. March 28 (Interfax) - Head of the Russian Health and Social Development Agency (Roszdrav) Yury Belenkov said that the number of deaths will level up with that of births in Russia within five years.

"In the early 90s, we lost annually around 750,000-800,000 people, now this indicator is almost twice smaller. Yes, we are losing, but now we are losing significantly less people," Belenkov told journalists following a session of the presidium of the Russian President's Council for the Implementation of Priority National Projects and Demographic Policy in Moscow on Wednesday.

"I think that in the next five years we'll reach a zero indicator," he said.

Roszdrav's chief said that the session has decided to re-equip all existing hospitals and open medical centers for vascular surgery beginning in 2008. "It will be done on the basis of existing institutions, on the basis of rational supplies of new equipment," he said.

Such equipment will allow to reduce the number of deaths from heart attacks from 29% to 4%, he said.

Such centers will also be created for the treatment of brain hemorrhage, "which costs us over 500,000 lives.