Analysis of data from the e-health system (E-Health) will identify opponents of vaccination against COVID-19 among family doctors, Health Minister Viktor Liashko said.
“Regarding the doctors who discourage being vaccinated against COVID-19, and there are such, we will quickly identify them. The electronic health system will allow us to do this. With a greater increase in vaccination coverage, we will have low vaccination rates among those family doctors who do not trust the vaccine for some reason. We will have another conversation with them,” he said during an hour of questions to the government in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine in October expanded the network of medical facilities to provide medical care to patients with COVID-19 to 422.
“As of yesterday, the network of medical institutions for providing medical care to patients with COVID-19 has been expanded to 422 medical institutions,” deputy head of the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU) Anna Fenchak said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.
She said that by the end of October, the NHSU will conclude contracts with all the medical institutions that will meet the requirements of the National Service, in particular, regarding the provision of oxygen and the availability of the required number of doctors.
“The NHSU concludes contracts with all medical institutions that meet the requirements. They will be signed by the end of October, payment for actually rendered medical services will be made in early November,” Fenchak said.
Education workers, unvaccinated from COVID-19 until November, will be suspended from work, the Ministry of Health quoted its Minister Viktor Liashko as saying.
“Teachers are included in the list of professions whose representatives must be vaccinated for full-fledged work. If education workers are not vaccinated against COVID-19 by November, they will be suspended from work for a period of quarantine without pay,” the Ministry of Health said.
“Vaccination for teachers is an opportunity not only to continue to work and provide high-quality knowledge to students. First of all, it is about protecting their lives and health, the safety of children,” the minister stressed.
As reported, the Ministry of Health, by its order No. 2153 of October 4, approved the list of organizations whose representatives are subject to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has supplied innovative drugs for COVID-19 to the regions, in particular 20,000 bottles of Bamlanivimab and 40,000 bottles of Etesevimab, the Ministry said with reference to Deputy Health Minister for European Integration Oleksandr Komarida.
“In June, the working group made a decision on the readiness to include in the treatment protocol [for patients with COVID-19] the drugs Bamlanivimab and Etesevimab, if available in Ukraine. Today, the drugs are already in the regions, and accordingly the updated protocol will regulate their use,” said Komarida.
The drugs were delivered to Ukraine on September 4 with the assistance of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States as a humanitarian aid provided by the American charitable organization Direct Relief.
According to Health Minister Viktor Liashko, the latest agreements on receiving this assistance were agreed upon during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States.
The ministry notes that the mechanism of action of the drugs is to block the attachment of the virus to the cell membrane, which makes it impossible for SARS-CoV-2 to enter human cells, neutralizes the effect of the virus and helps prevent the development and treatment of COVID-19.
The Health Ministry of Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the leading U.S. company Medtronic during the working visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States, according to the agency’s website.
“The signing of the memorandum will allow us, together with Medtronic, to work in the field of innovative biomedical technologies, to receive significant support to improve the qualifications of our doctors, to introduce effective screening solutions for the implementation of the Healthy Ukraine presidential program,” Health Minister Viktor Liashko said.
According to the statement, it is planned to expand cooperation in the field of comprehensive counteraction to cardiovascular diseases and the introduction of innovative technologies to prevent complications in patients with diabetes mellitus.
“Within the cooperation, we agreed to consider the possibility of localizing the production of certain medical devices of the company in Ukraine within the government support for projects with significant investments, the so-called investment nannies, as well as expanding Medtronic’s cooperation with Ukrainian companies specializing in IT solutions,” the Health Ministry said.
In addition, cooperation in the scientific field is planned.
Medtronic is a global leader in health technology and related services. It has a strong presence in Eastern Europe, trains doctors in all possible areas of medical care for the treatment of more than 70 different chronic and non-communicable diseases.
As of Monday morning, 417 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Ukraine, with 248 people reported as recovered, while 14 people died, the press service of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine said.
“During the day on August 15, 2021, some 417 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 were recorded in Ukraine (of which there are 31 children and 10 health workers). Also, over the past day: 433 people were hospitalized, 14 people died, and 248 people recovered,” said the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the Telegram channel.