“We need to start purchase of medicines and vaccines for 2017,” Iryna Sysoyenko

At yesterday’s emergency meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Health deputies drew attention of Uliana Suprun (Acting Minister of Health) to the necessity to obtain information about the needs of the regions for drugs and vaccines.
MPs also stressed the need to start the work on procurement of medicines and vaccines for 2017 as soon as possible. This was reported by a member of the Committee, MP from “Samopomich” Union, Iryna Sysoyenko.
At the emergency meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Health reported on the vaccination of infants as of August 1, 2016. The vaccination coverage was as follows: against tuberculosis – 13.1%, polio – 39.8%, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus – 2.3%, haemophilus influenza – 7.3%, measles, mumps, rubella – 37, 8%, hepatitis B – 28.8%.
“The Ministry of Health informs that as of August 26, 2016 the following vaccines have been distributed into the regions: combination vaccine for prevention of diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (acellular component), poliomyelitis and diseases caused by Haemophilus influenza type b (Pentavalent vaccine) – 417, 700 doses; vaccine for prevention of hepatitis B – 350, 000 doses; for prevention of diseases caused by Haemophilus influenza type b (Pentavalent vaccine) – 519, 950 doses; for prevention of measles, mumps and rubella – 277,000 doses; for prevention of diphtheria, tetanus in adults (Td) – 1, 599, 000 doses,” emphasizes Iryna Sysoyenko.
In addition, more than 90,000 doses of rabies vaccines purchased by UNICEF have been delivered into the regions of Ukraine, and on August 26, 2016 vaccine for prevention of tuberculosis in the amount of 2.5 million doses arrived in Ukraine. Over the next 7-10 days it will be delivered to all the regions.
“Also, at my request, Uliana Suprun promised to inform at every meeting of the Committee about the number of medicines and vaccines delivered to the regions so that people together with doctors could check for drugs in hospitals,” sums up Iryna Sysoyenko.

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