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President at the conference call: The lives of patients are of primary importance

16 February 2021 - 13:16

President at the conference call: The lives of patients are of primary importance

The situation with beds for COVID-19 patients in the Ivano-Frankivsk region was discussed in detail at a traditional conference call chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stressed that the number of active patients in the country tended to decrease last week. Today there are 129 thousand of them in Ukraine. Also, according to the head of government, last week the number of deaths, occupied beds and hospitalizations decreased.

At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that the level of morbidity is extremely high in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. In many settlements of Prykarpattia bed occupancy is over 90%.

"The Ivano-Frankivsk region has one of the highest levels of morbidity per 100 thousand population and the second highest level in the number of occupied beds - an average of 73%. For the past 24 hours, 621 people have fallen ill. At the same time, there are 9,339 active patients in the region, which is more than in the city of Kyiv,” Denys Shmyhal noted.

According to the Prime Minister, a meeting of the local commission on technogenic and ecological safety and emergencies is expected tonight. Chief Public Health Officer, Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko is urgently leaving for the region.

"We need to carefully sort out the situation, because due to the snow transporting patients to other regions with vacant beds is too difficult. It is necessary to consider the option of deploying extra beds in the region. Remember that the lives of patients are of primary importance,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.

The President also asked Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov when Ukraine will receive the first vaccines and when the vaccination will begin. The Minister of Health said that his office is actively negotiating with various countries and suppliers and predicts that the delivery of the vaccine will take place in the near future.