Toma Ciorbă (January 15, 1864–December 30, 1936) was a Bessarabian-born Romanian physician and hospital director. Born in Chișinău, then the capital of the Russian Empire's Bessarabia Governorate, after 1918 a part of Greater Romania and now the capital of Moldova, he was the first of six children and his father was a soldier. In 1875, he entered Bessarabia's leading secondary school, and in 1885, he began studying at Kiev University's medicine faculty. In 1893, after graduation, he returned to his native city to work as a physician in the health service. In 1896, he planned and opened an infectious disease hospital, of which he became director. It was the first specialized medical facility in the province, and Ciorbă, in addition to being administrator, worked as a bacteriologist and a teacher to young nurses and midwives. He encountered resistance both from the authorities and from the increasing number of private doctors, and found it difficult to purchase equipment and medicine. He lived modestly and did not charge poor patients, indeed often paying for their medicines or sending them wood for their stoves. He was invited to work in Saint Petersburg, but declined.
The Post of Moldova had already issued on October 13, 2020 a stamp dedicated to Florence Nightingale, considered the first modern nurse in history, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth, including a surcharge (3 L) intended for medical staff and those who are on the front line in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic in Moldova. On February 25, 2021, a new stamp was put into circulation with the mention "Doctors fighting against Covid-19" on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the creation of the clinical hospital for infectious diseases "Toma Ciorbă" (Spitalul Clinic de Boli Infecţioase "Toma Ciorbă") in Chișinău.. Read more..
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