A number of weeks in the past, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was transported from his native Dagestan to a army hospital in Moscow after falling ailing with pneumonia and flu-like signs. As his situation worsened, the famend coach suffered a coronary heart assault and underwent surgical procedure earlier than being positioned in a medically induced coma. Now it seems that Abdulmanap’s sickness was introduced on by COVID-19.

Abdulmanap, who’s the daddy of UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, stays in essential situation following the surgical procedure, and was reportedly intubated and positioned on a ventilator. His sickness and subsequent relocation to a hospital in Moscow highlights the rising considerations in Dagestan surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and whether or not the impoverished republic will turn out to be an epicentre for the doubtless lethal illness.

Positioned on the Caspian Beach within the North Caucasus area, Dagestan is among the most ethnically numerous and heterogenous republics within the Russian Federation. It holds a inhabitants of lower than three million residents, comprised of ethnicities akin to Avar, Dargin, Laks, Azerbaijani and Chechen. And but regardless of its range and pure magnificence, Dagestan is among the most impoverished and corrupt areas within the nation.

As mountainous areas make up roughly 55 % of Dagestan’s total territory, it’s tough to create social infrastructure akin to primary residing facilities and roads. It lacks correct hospitals geared up with the mandatory medical instruments to deal with any type of outbreak, whereas the vast majority of the republic’s funding and assets comes from subsidies from federal funds within the Kremlin. Given its financial decline and its complicated topography, Dagestan has emerged as probably the most regarding areas amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In accordance with Dagestani authorities, native residents have worsened the scenario by ignoring the federally mandated stay-at-home orders and preventative measures. Head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasiliev, revealed final week that greater than 29,000 assessments COVID-19 assessments had been carried out within the area, which led to 4000 individuals being positioned in self-isolation. He additionally added that 29 individuals have died of COVID-19, whereas one other 481 individuals have died from pneumonia.

Struggle Nights World founder Kamil Gadzhiev, a Dagestani native himself, agreed with Vasilev’s evaluation, including that native residents didn’t take the matter significantly when the outbreak first began. He additionally defined that sure cultural norms made it tough for Dagestanis to regulate to the idea of self-isolation.

“That is a part of our mentality; warnings and risks are handled relatively frivolously. As quickly as everybody’s household and mates started to really feel the issues, solely then did the prevention start, some kind of isolation regime,” stated Gadzhiev. “There’s one other vital issue – household ties. Within the occasion of deaths, condolences and funerals turn out to be a mass occasion, a go to to which is definitely a should.

“Regardless of the coronavirus, individuals proceed to attend related occasions. Household ties are stronger than dangers. As much as 1000 individuals collect for such occasions. If weddings and birthdays are nonetheless one way or the other filtered, you can’t go to them, simply give a present and congratulations, then everybody goes to the funeral. I personally was at an identical occasion at the start of the epidemic, my pal died in Dagestan. The query was not even to go or to not go. If there was a marriage, I in all probability wouldn’t have gone.”

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Shortly following his father’s sickness in April, Khabib took to social media and printed a press release imploring his fellow Dagestanis to remain residence and observe the preventative measures enforced by the native authorities.

“Many hoped that the difficulty wouldn’t land on their doorstep; many nonetheless don’t consider within the seriousness of the scenario. Nevertheless, our negligence to the recommendation and requests of docs, coupled with the panic created by the individuals, led to a excessive fee of unfold of the illness, exacerbating the already tough scenario,” Nurmagomedov stated to his 19.eight million followers on Instagram. “The very fact is our hospitals at the moment are overcrowded with sufferers. There are not any specialists and never sufficient remedy or provides, whereas the variety of sufferers is just rising.

“Imagine me, the illness is lethal and we already really feel it ourselves. By staying at residence, we are able to cut back the burden on docs and hospitals, and maybe via our cautiousness, we’ll save lives. Handle your family members and don’t allow them to depart the home unnecessarily.”

And whereas native residents started to heed the warnings from authorities officers in Might, the surge of circumstances overloaded the already ill-equipped hospitals. Privileged residents akin to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov had been relocated to services in Moscow, although that was not the case for the overwhelming majority of Dagestanis. Beneath is an image taken by Khabib’s uncle of a hospital in Dagestan treating a COVID-19 affected person:

Whereas the dearth of medical services is a major concern, UFC fighter Muslim Salikhov believes the issue can be the dearth of obligatory COVID-19 testing, and the truth that not everybody is ready to stay quarantined at residence with out working for a number of weeks.

“Imagine me, there are much more contaminated individuals,” Salikhov stated. All cities have closed. And Khasavyurt, and Makhachkala, and Kizilyurt, and Buinaksk. We actually must do one thing, quite a lot of sick individuals. Native authorities are making efforts, however there are nonetheless quite a lot of sufferers. Complete villages get sick. Not everybody has the power to adjust to quarantine. Not everybody has monetary reserves; they must go to work. Whoever has the chance is sitting at residence.

‘In fact, individuals right here try to assist one another. There are numerous foundations that do that, however nonetheless not everyone seems to be at residence. In villages such a scenario is that folks die, different individuals go to precise condolences and turn out to be contaminated.”

Fellow UFC fighter Ramazan Emeev spoke candidly about his expertise residing in Dagestan and the way the coronavirus has plagued his mountainside village. “In Dagestan, lots of people died from bilateral pneumonia, Emeev stated. “Apparently, every little thing comes from this coronavirus. I stay in a village within the mountains. Quite a bit died within the mountains.

“Apparently, medical services weren’t prepared for this. There is no such thing as a tools, nothing, quite a lot of well being employees have died. In truth, it is a very deplorable state. Why has the epidemic unfold a lot right here? Not solely as a result of individuals didn’t consider within the hazard of the virus, merely many couldn’t keep at residence, they needed to work. Now everyone seems to be carrying masks, nearly every little thing is closed. Largely older individuals, the aged are ailing and dying. The primary cause remains to be the dearth of apparatus. Neither the medical establishment, nor the medical workers had been prepared for such an epidemic.”

Former MMA fighter Magomedkhan Gamzathanov additionally shared his considerations in regards to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in Dagestan, which he known as “catastrophic.”

“Yesterday, 90 individuals had been delivered to the central hospital. Quite a bit died,” Gamzathanov stated. “Now many individuals are nonetheless sick, but it surely has turn out to be simpler. Why such a giant drawback? The very fact is that there was political turbulence in recent times. The area fell into exterior management, there’s not a neighborhood authorities, solely in Moscow.”

Struggle Nights World featherweight champion Muhammad Eminov is an instance of a fighter who’s displaying signs of COVID-19, together with pneumonia and a fever, however has not been examined but. The athlete stated that he’s being handled with robust antibiotics however that it has not introduced down his temperature.

“After I had bilateral pneumonia 5 years in the past, I used to be cured fairly shortly. This pneumonia has barely completely different signs. That is one thing else. I cannot say that that is COVID-19, however one thing else goes round within the republic.”


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Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the excessive mortality fee in Dagestan throughout a latest press convention with native officers, stating that the “essential causes for the event of great issues among the many residents of the area are the late remedy of sufferers for medical care, in addition to self-medication at residence.”

“In Dagestan, in response to official information, 3460 circumstances of coronavirus contaminated had been registered, 29 individuals died. In accordance with the Minister of Well being of the Republic Jamaludin Hajiyibragimov, taking into consideration sufferers with community-acquired pneumonia within the republic greater than 13 thousand sufferers, greater than 600 individuals died. Greater than 40 medical personnel died from issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus,” Putin added.

Given the regarding figures, Putin instructed the Ministry of Emergency Conditions to start large-scale sanitation of public locations and to assemble a multifunctional medical centre to deal with the inflow of circumstances. The centre would maintain a minimal of 200 beds, which Putin assured could be useful to the republic.

“Now it is determined by our joint motion and the efforts of all residents in order that Dagestan can overcome the specter of the epidemic as quickly as attainable,” the Russian president concluded.