Vyacheslav Polyasny, the Head of the Department of Health of the Odessa Regional State Administration, said at a briefing on how things are now in business with the provision of medical assistance to the population, in particular, refugees from Lugansk and Donetsk regions.
The official said that now physicians fell on hard times because of the jump exchange rate hryvnya has depreciated and medications are more expensive. But despite the difficulties, all the medical institutions of the region work and render their services to the public in full.
But it is not enough money in the budget to compensate the cost of drugs to beneficiaries. Per person, by the law, is entitled the compensation in 123 UAH per year, and the state can give only 23 UAH.
Nevertheless, the state program for the treatment of hypertension is performed in its entirety, and this is important because heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in our country, and they are caused, to a large extent, by increased pressure.
Ambulance system works as before, teams are provided with the necessary medicines and fuels and lubricants.
The refugees from Donetsk and Lugansk regions receive medical care in full, where they are registered. Total there are 12,700 people. Thanks to the help of volunteers all insulin-dependent get the necessary drugs completely. 4 refugees are in need of dialysis, also provided with the necessary resources and their life is not in danger now. Among the refugees there are 87 pregnant women. They all have normal pregnancy. 11 have given birth to healthy children.
For the treatment of patients with tuberculosis and AIDS necessary preparations come in the right quantity, those patients are provided with it. Vaccination funds are also enough. Until recently, there were problems with the vaccine against tetanus, but it has already started to come to hospital.
There is a problem only with vaccine against tuberculosis for infants. Ukraine gave up its supplies from Russia, and now organizes the purchase vaccines from other countries. According to Vyacheslav Polyasnogo, this vaccine will go to health facilities within 2 months.
The official also said that on December 31 ends the law on pilot regions – there have been significant changes in the structure of health care delivery. This new structure has proved good. Perhaps our region as well will get into the bill in the coming year.