The hospital’s normal capacity is 180, but there are currently 200 children here.
But last year there was an increase of nearly 20% in child cancer cases.
In the Children’s Cancer Hospital the corridors are full of shaven-headed children with leukaemia awaiting bone marrow transplants.
Others are struggling under the intense treatment regime for thyroid cancer, which in most other countries affects very few under-18s.
Red-eyed with emotion and fatigue, his mum Elena, 35, says: “I think Misha’s cancer is very probably caused by radiation.
“In our town there are a lot of children who have cancer and I think it is because of radiation, but what can you do.” Read more: Meet the Ukrainians who refused to leave Chernobyl She shrugs, resigned to her family’s awful fate.
In the busy Children’s Cancer Hospital in the Belarussian capital Minsk, her story is typical.Scores of mums and dads whose kids are patients were children themselves when the worst nuclear disaster in history stunned the world. Although no one will say officially, there is widespread fear that radioactive poison is being genetically passed on to the next generation.Cancer-stricken youngster Misha Kozlov has never heard of the Chernobyl disaster.But the radioactive cloud that engulfed his parents’ home 30 years ago has blighted his short life.Aged only four, he has just completed several courses of chemotherapy and has had a huge tumour removed from his leg.Misha is from the East European region that was worst affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown on April 26 1986.