In the presence of President Petro Poroshenko, the ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and HCS of Ukraine, the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, the World Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada as regards increasing the availability and quality of healthcare services in the countryside of Ukraine and subventions from the state budget for the implementation of such measures has taken place.
The President thanked the Government of Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who “accepted the proposal of common work on the introduction of telemedicine for the residents of rural areas of Ukraine with great enthusiasm together with the whole Canadian government”.
The Head of State noted that the implementation of the relevant project had started in Ukraine pursuant to his initiative. According to him, 4 billion hryvnias were allocated from the funds stolen by the former senior officials and returned to the State Budget. He noted the actions of the Prosecutor General’s Office and Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko in the return of these funds. “Part of these funds was allocated to the development of rural medicine. Overall, we have 5 billion hryvnias from the Ukrainian budget,” he said.
“Every Ukrainian living in the Ukrainian countryside must have access to high-quality medical assistance,” the President said. He noted the importance of close coordination of the given work with the healthcare reform adopted by the Parliament.
“Today, everyone living in the village has to go to the district hospital, as people are deprived of the opportunity to get high-quality medical aid,” the Head of State noted.
The President didn’t exclude that it would be necessary to train experts, develop an optimal model, software. The Head of State told that during his talks with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, they had discussed the involvement of the most advanced German telemedicine technologies. According to the President, Canada provided over 700 million dollars for the implementation of reforms in Ukraine. And over the past 25 years, the World Bank has provided more than 12 billion dollars.
The Head of State emphasized that last year, during the meeting with President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, they had discussed the introduction of telemedicine. “I am pleased that I found a great enthusiast who promised that we will make a fantastic project,” Petro Poroshenko told.
“I want to come to the village, enter the clinic, establish connection with the best professors of Ukraine and demonstrate the efficiency of the telemedicine system as soon as possible after the implementation of the goals declared in our Memorandum,” the President said. Having united our efforts, we have come closer to this goal, he added.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk noted that the Government of Canada supported the reform-oriented efforts of Ukraine, particularly on the introduction of the “universal access to the healthcare system”.
World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine Satu Kahkonen expressed confidence that the project will be successfully implemented in Ukraine and noted that the rural medicine was an extremely important issue for improving primary healthcare and increasing the life expectancy of Ukrainians.
“I applaud both of you (the President and the Acting Minister of Healthcare - ed.) for your leadership and your persistent work on the implementation of the integrated healthcare reform and the initiative on the rural medicine reform,” Satu Kahkonen said. She is hopeful that “the reform will give a quick positive result”.