From Irkutsk to Balagansk — 279 kilometers. It is five hours to drive along the road by «GAZelle» Ambulance, provided that the trip takes place on the road which is very similar to a grater. There are 8,800 people living in the Balagansk region. The local hospital has 54 beds, one is an intensive care unit. There are 8 beds in the infectious diseases department, however, there is no infectologist. There are only three ventilators in the hospital.
In the office of the chief doctor there are double-glazed windows, in the corridor there are double wooden frames, as in the old houses of the Angara people. The door is opened, and the wind from the street smells like river water. Electrical wiring runs along the walls of corridor. Wires are attached to door frames, wall clocks. You can see the inscription «paid services» above the wall which is not attached to anything and hangs freely from the ceiling. Some years ago the linoleum on the expanded floor was brown, but now the shade is indistinguishable. In some places it is rubbed through, and wooden floorboards appear there, 40 centimetres wide.