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Psychosocial rehabilitation of former captives is a must, - former prisoner of Donbas militants

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Zhemchugov, Ukrainian medicine mainly focuses on physical rehabilitation, while mental is as important
10:58, 29 December 2017

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Volodymyr Zhemchugov who was held a captive of militants in Donbas and later on went through medical treatment in Germany told 112.ua that in Ukraine the main focus of the doctors is physical, not mental rehabilitation of former prisoners of war.

“Our medicine hasn’t fully transferred to the European standards and first of all focuses on the physical rehabilitation of the person. The psychological aspect wasn’t a focus previously, only now, on the third-fourth year of the war, these issues are being raised. When I was treated in Germany, they also tried to ask me who worked on my psychosocial rehabilitation. I said I didn’t get any. At most, a psychiatrist talked to me and prescribed me some medicine,” he said.

Related: Ukrainians released from captivity in Donbas to receive $3550

Zhemchugov also noted he doesn’t agree that the released captives should get home as soon as possible for their getting better.

“In no case can people be sent home. I am against this. People don’t understand, they think “I want to get home as soon as possible”. But nothing will be solved there. The person wasn’t home for 2-3 years, the husband wasn’t home for 2-3 years. And there are domestic issues. The person should be prepared for this life, provide help, transfer to our society, find out which difficulty they face. And the approach must be individual,” he says.

As we reported earlier, the exchange of prisoners took place in Donbas on Dec. 27th. 73 Ukrainians were released in exchange for 233 militants. 24 Ukrainian servicemen were brought to the main military hospital, as they wanted to go through medical examination and treatment.

Related: SBU to check released Donbas hostages for recruitment by Russian militants

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