Olga Pavlova from Ukraine: “I was immediately inspired by the idea of opening an electromyography room to help victims of COVID-19 and Russian aggression”

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Dr Olha Pavlova is a physician from Ukraine with over 15 years of experience in clinical diagnostics at the Clinical Trials Department and the mother of one 15-year-old daughter. In 2021 Olga decided to start her own business, namely the opening of the Electromyography Diagnostic Room in Kropivnitsky for the care of COVID-19 victims, mainly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Why Electromyography?

When she learned about the EUnlocking project, she was immediately enthusiastic about the idea of creating an electromyography diagnostic room in our city, first because, in her daily work, she has constantly faced the problem of the lack of opportunities for people in the Kirovograd region to do this on-site without travelling outside the area. Diagnosis of neuromuscular system diseases is extremely important for their detection and timely treatment. The centre’s establishment was important during the COVID19 pandemic when over 20 thousand people were infected with the virus in our region. Secondly, for a long time, she wanted to start her own business and be able to work for herself while doing my favourite profession.

As she has already mentioned above, this was helped by funding from the European Union through the EUnlocking project. Namely, the EUnlocking project helps foster the social entrepreneurial potential of young people in Moldova and Ukraine by establishing a favourable ecosystem for social enterprises and inspiring and supporting more young social entrepreneurs to develop. The EUnlocking project is implemented by the Gustav Stresemann Institute e.V. (GSI) (Germany), Egalite International (Ukraine), AXA Management Consulting organisation (Moldova), ECO-RAZENI Association (Moldova), the National Assistance and Information Centre for NGOs in Moldova “CONTACT” (Moldova), and “Pro NGO! e.V” (Germany).

How does electromyography work?

Electromyography is a highly informative method of assessing nerve and bodily function. Special computerised equipment is used to record hand and leg muscle speeds, measure the speed of nerve impulses along the articular and sensory nerve fibres and evaluate the activity of individual structures of the brain and spinal cord. This allows the location of the lesion, its type, extent and degree of damage to be determined.

A wide range of techniques allows for diagnosis and determining the extent of damage and nature of the process. All methods are innocuous and can be used on children, pregnant women, and children.

Electromyography is also used if there are these symptoms or there is suspicion of disease: muscle weakness; intensive muscle pain; muscle tremors, judging; Parkinson’s disease; muscle tone disorders (dystonia); traumatic injuries to peripheral nerves or central nervous system organs: The head or spinal cord; disseminated sclerosis; in cosmetology – to identify areas of the body where Botox should be injected and others.

How do you manage to work during the war? 

Unfortunately, due to the war, the opening of our office was delayed by about two months. Since we bought the device for diagnostics in Kharkiv, we had to deliver it at the beginning of March. But as we know, Kharkiv became one of the hottest spots in the Russian aggression against Ukraine from the first days of the war, so it significantly delayed this process.

However, the apparatus for electromyography has recently arrived here and started to work entirely to benefit our city. Especially during wartime, it is handy, as it can help treat the injured residents and soldiers who come to Kropivnitsky for treatment.

 

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