State awards were presented on November 1 to the deserved people of Belarus for the many years of fruitful work and high professionalism. On behalf of the head of state the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov presented the awards.
The ceremony was held in the Palace of the Republic. The list of awardees includes 94 people: farmers, construction workers, employees of tax authorities as well as people of art and science. It should be noted that
medics were the largest category of workers awarded.
Irina Lukanskaya, chief physician of children's polyclinic No1 Grodno:
Over the last 5-7 years, our health has made a step forward. When we, pediatricians, see what kids we treat. No matter that a baby can weigh 600-700 grams, he or she is grown and then becomes completely healthy child, who can continue the work of their parents, their grandfathers.
Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
It is encouraging that for the first time in 20 years birth rate in Belarus has exceeded mortality. This was made possible by a complex sequential public policy actions. The natural increase in the first 9 months of 2016 alone is observed in 85 of 113 cities as well as in every third urban settlement. During the first 9 months, almost 90,000 kids were born in Belarus. It's 500 more than in the same period in 2015. Most of them are second and subsequent children.