In the territory of Kursk State Medical University a memorial sign was opened in honor of the feat of medical workers in the fight against COVID-19. The governor of Kursk region, Roman Starovoit, was present at the unveiling of the monument.

Viktor Lazarenko, the rector of Kursk State Medical University, is the author of the memorial sign project, having initiated its creation and opening.

The inscription on the monument reads: “To Those Who Sacrificed Themselves. To Those Who Continue Sacrificing Themselves. To Those Who Will Follow Them”.

The date for the memorial sign opening was not chosen by chance. Exactly a year ago the Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that a 34-year-old doctor from Wuhan named Li Wenliang had died of a new coronavirus infection. Living and working in the main site of the new coronavirus, the young man was one of the first to isolate the strain and sound the alarm.

– Kursk doctors have displayed and keep showing heroism and selflessness. They are fighting for lives of thousands of people. Unfortunately, some of them laid down their lifes. “I am grateful to the university administration, Viktor Anatolyevich Lazarenko for the initiative to open this memorial sign”, Roman Starovoit addressed those present.

Russian doctors keep a “List of Memory” of their colleagues who have died since the beginning of the pandemic. This list includes over 1,000 health workers. Kursk doctors are among them as well.

“We must remember those people who were at the forefront in the fight against the new coronavirus infection,” said the rector of KSMU Viktor Lazarenko. – There is a heart on the monument: it has a crack in the middle with uneven contours, which symbolizes its fatigue.

Kursk State Medical University is actively helping regional healthcare in the fight against COVID-19. University teachers and students work in the “red zone”, provide psychological assistance on the hotline, are engaged in volunteer activities.

Thousands of people are involved in this great and important work.