How Ukraine’s health care system is struggeling with COVID-19 | Coronavirus Update
The number of COVID-19 diseases is growing in Ukraine
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KIEV – Since November 9, due to the growth of the coronavirus pandemic, 199 administrative units of Ukraine will be transferred to the “red” level of epidemiological safety.
According to the website of the Ministry of Health Protection, the regional centers are “red”: Zhitomir, Ivano-Frankovsk, Chernivtsi, Rovno, Khmelnitsky, Chernigov, Kharkov, Uzhgorod, Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Poltava, Sumy and the administrative center – Kramatorsk.
On the border with the “red” level of epidemiological safety, there are cities with an “orange” level – Kiev, regional centers – Vinnitsa, Kherson, Ternopil.
The website of the Ministry explains that in settlements with “"orange" level, it is forbidden to hold mass events of more than twenty people, public transport of passengers in the number of more than seats, a ban on trade with the number of visitors more than one person per ten square meters is introduced. meters “.
“It is also forbidden for children to leave for health improvement and recreation, as well as the work of social protection institutions,” the information material underlines..
RBC-Ukraine reports that Prime Minister Denis Shmygal noted on November 6 that the incidence of coronavirus could rise to fifteen new cases per day in November, and reach a threshold of twenty thousand per day by the end of the year..
According to the Government Portal and the Center for Public Health in Ukraine, on November 6, 9721 new cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 were recorded, of which 304 were children, 468 were health workers. For the entire time of the pandemic in the country, 440188 people fell ill, 195544 recovered. 8,125 COVID-19 Cases Fatal.
Coronavirus and personal responsibility
As previously reported by the United States Embassy in Ukraine, USAID has provided Ukrainian hospitals with vital equipment for COVID-19 patients..
“In general, this is the equipment needed to diagnose possible respiratory complications in those infected with coronavirus who are on mechanical ventilation. This equipment will be received by eighteen medical institutions in thirteen regions of the country “, – noted in a press release on October 30.
Since March 2020, USAID has provided $ 19 million in additional support to Ukraine to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic. In total, at the moment, the US government has allocated $ 41 million to assist Ukraine in measures to counter COVID-19, the message emphasizes..
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put Ukrainian hospitals in a difficult position because they do not have enough specialized equipment to provide patients with oxygen. […] But the supply of these devices is just one of the elements of much larger USAID events in Ukraine, the purpose of which is to provide Ukrainian doctors with the equipment they need, ”said USAID Mission Director in Ukraine Jim Hope.
Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov On November 3, he called on Ukrainians to be responsible in the prevention and fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He said that “each of us has a personal responsibility for the spread of the coronavirus disease.”.
“There are difficult times ahead. Many will not like the following words, but it is a fact: there is no one separately responsible for the fight against COVID-19. No one in the world is able to independently solve the problem of coronavirus. Moreover, no one will solve this problem for anyone. It will not be possible to slip through, “said Maxim Stepanov, according to the Government portal.
On November 6, People’s Deputies of Ukraine voted in favor of a bill that obliges the wearing of masks or respirators in public places and transport. According to Channel 24, a fine of up to 255 hryvnias (about 9 US dollars) is provided for the lack of a mask..
On the policy of dealing with the pandemic
Volodymyr Bondarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Taras Shevchenko Institute for Political and Marketing Research, calls the “deep quarantine” measures Ukraine has gone through “a wrong policy”.
“The absolutely erroneous policy of deep quarantine, when it was impossible to walk in the parks, it was impossible to leave the house, led to the fact that when it was time to leave, people seemed to be off the chain. Diseases began to snowball. But at the same time, a significant part of the money from the fund for combating coronavirus was thrown not on disease prevention, but on “big construction” – roads and support for miners, ”Vladimir Bondarenko tells the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
The political scientist emphasizes that the holding of various mass events, the lack of control over those who entered the country during the pandemic, led to the growth and spread of the disease..
“In Ukraine, local elections have been held since the pandemic – campaigning, voting, polling at polling stations. The President of Ukraine, I often notice, does not wear a mask. Does this encourage ordinary Ukrainians to wear a mask? ” – notes Vladimir Bondarenko.
During the pandemic, quarantine, Ukraine could develop technological programs that would strengthen the economy, says Volodymyr Bondarenko.
Quarantine measures “on paper”
Expert of the Ukrainian Independent Center for Political Research Yulia Tishchenko believes that from the position of other European countries, Ukraine went through all the same stages during the development of the COVID-19 pandemic: there was a tough lockdown, after which the processes of easing quarantine measures began.
“Based on the general trends, we could not avoid an increase in the number of diseases. But from an internal standpoint, it was possible to react more effectively, “Yulia Tishchenko says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
She notes that during the coronavirus pandemic, an effective contact tracing system has not been created in the country, a system for testing patients has not been established – nothing of this was done when quarantine measures were lifted..
“In the months that have been, it was necessary, as far as possible in our difficult conditions, to better prepare for the epidemic – to really observe quarantine measures, not on paper. Make testing and contact tracing more accessible. Tests today are largely done at the expense of the family budget – not at the expense of the state. They cost up to 1600 hryvnia on average, which not everyone has. Obviously, funds need to be sought in the fund to fight COVID-19, ”emphasizes Yulia Tishchenko.