President of Ukraine

The distribution of special means against COVID-19 between hospitals should be fair - President

2 April 2020 - 14:30

The distribution of special means of protection against COVID-19 delivered to hospitals in the regions by central authorities should be fair. This was discussed at a traditional conference call chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy aimed to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“We are addressed by many doctors: they write letters, make video appeals claiming that they do not receive masks, respirators, protective suits, gloves and other means that we have shipped from Kyiv. The distribution of special equipment against coronavirus among hospitals should be fair. We will check what the hospitals receive to make sure that our doctors and patients are really protected,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Currently, the number of laboratory confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ukraine has increased to 804, of which 135 new cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours. Of 20 Ukrainians who died, almost all had chronic illnesses in severe form, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, diabetes, and so on.

“We must constantly speak about risk groups and emphasize that we all - both the authorities and society - should protect our elderly and care for people who already have protracted illnesses. We must constantly put emphasis on this,” the President said.

It was also stressed that there are no problems with food supply in Ukraine. There is a slight increase in prices for some imported products due to the increase in their price in global markets.

The participants of the conference call decided to negotiate with the owners and managers of gas stations to reduce fuel prices, which have recently increased by several hryvnias.

In addition, the coordination of mutual medical assistance with Italy was discussed.