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Government of Ukraine invests in the development of medical infrastructure as a component of human capital development - Viktor Liashko

3 April 2024
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For more than two years of full-scale war, central and local authorities have been working hard to restore medical facilities damaged and destroyed by the enemy and to modernize existing ones. Despite the overload on the healthcare system, the priorities remain the same: high-quality, affordable and free medical services for every Ukrainian. This was emphasized by the Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Liashko during his working visit to hospitals in Dnipropetrovsk oblast.

“Today, we see russia deliberately shelling our hospitals, maternity wards, outpatient clinics, and polyclinics to provoke a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine. In particular, during this time, 1564 medical facilities have been damaged and another 208 destroyed to the ground. However, despite the many challenges and burdens, we are rebuilding Ukrainian medical facilities to ensure that everyone has access to medical care. Every hospital that is rebuilt means patients’ lives are saved. Together with our colleagues in the government, we continue to make decisions aimed at modernizing and updating the material and technical base of hospitals to provide Ukrainians with quality medical care. For example, 593 million hryvnias have already been allocated for the Dnipropetrovsk oblast from various budget programs to implement infrastructure projects in nine hospitals,” said Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine.

During his visit to the region, the Minister of Health visited medical institutions in the oblast and, among other things, got acquainted with the work of the City Children’s Clinical Hospital No. 6, the I. I. Mechnikov Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Clinical Hospital, the Regional Medical Center for Family Health and the City Clinical Hospital No. 4. In 2024, these medical institutions are planning to overhaul and reconstruct their buildings.

In particular, at the City Children’s Clinical Hospital No. 6, a renovated seven-story medical building was launched at the end of last year, and this year the reconstruction will continue in the infectious disease building No. 1 and building No. 1A, an administrative and educational building with a functional diagnostics department.

The I. I. Mechnikov Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Clinical Hospital plans to overhaul the building of its new surgical unit.

At City Clinical Hospital No. 4, part of the main building will be reconstructed into an intensive care unit and a blood cell transplantation and separation unit, and the entire building will be thermally modernized.

It should be noted that medical facilities are included in the list of facilities to be restored in 2024 under the programs:

  • Emergency Loan Program for the Restoration of Ukraine.
  • Program for the restoration of Ukraine.
  • Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings in Ukraine Program.

In 2024, funds are planned to be allocated to restore nine medical institutions in the oblast under the above programs.

The Regional Medical Center for Family Health is actively constructing a new surgical building with funds allocated by the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council. The Ministry of Health will soon supply this hospital with an MRI scanner.

It should also be noted that in 2022-2023, more than 2,800 units of medical equipment and devices at a total cost of more than UAH 539 million were delivered and distributed to hospitals in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast at the expense of the state budget, United24, the World Bank, the Global Fund and other partners. These include angiographs, oxygen stations, computed tomography scanners, X-rays, patient monitors, ultrasound machines, etc. The equipment of hospitals will continue.

Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Liashko noted that the Ministry of Health will continue to strengthen Ukrainian hospitals' capacity so that our doctors can work in comfortable conditions and patients can receive quality medical care.