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Ukraine facing epidemic of flu

Posted by the Editor on November 18, 2011


News / 18 November 2011 | 13:33

Ukraine facing epidemic of flu

Ukraine facing epidemic of flu

The next week the East of Ukraine (Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv regions) will face an outbreak of flu, Health Minsitry official Andriy Oleksandrin informed, ForUm correspondent reports.

“There are two types of flu viruses in Ukraine – A and B (72% and 28% respectively). We expect that within the next weeks Ukraine will face flu epidemic,” he said.

Oleksandrin reported that 152 thousand people had been vaccinated, which makes only 0.33% of the population. For comparison he gave an example of Russia, where the number of vaccinated is 30% of the population.

Oleksandrin also informed that according to the statistic data 174 thousand people got sick with flu, and 46% of the number is children.

Doctor Natalia Vinnik pointed out that children less than 5 year-old, older people, people with chronic diseases or diabetes and pregnant women are in the group of high risk. These categories are especially recommended to hold vaccination.

“Unfortunately, vaccination in Ukraine is not obligatory. But due to the low level of vaccination Ukraine cannot wok out collective immunity,” she said.

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Health Ministry ready to examine Tymoshenko again if there is court ruling

Posted by the Editor on November 18, 2011


News / 18 November 2011 | 13:01

Health Ministry ready to examine Tymoshenko again if there is court ruling

Health Ministry ready to examine Tymoshenko again if there is court ruling

A Health Ministry commission is ready to again examine former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko outside jail and conduct an MRI examination if there is a respective court ruling. Ukrainian Health Minister Oleksandr Anishchenko announced this during the “Hour of questions for the government” in parliament on November 18, UKRINFORM reports.

“A ruling of Kyiv’s Court of Appeals is needed in order to make an X-ray and conduct an MRI examination. And we are ready to render assistance if we get a Court of Appeals ruling,” he said.

The minister said that the penitentiary system was responsible for determining the order of the examination of Tymoshenko and the provision of medical care to her.

He added that Health Ministry experts tried to examine Tymoshenko for over 20 times, but she consented only to five examinations. He said that doctors had examined Tymoshenko and that she was currently receiving medical treatment.

At the same time, BYuT-Batkivshchyna faction deputy Serhiy Vlasenko said that the former prime minister had not received any medical care. “Yesterday I saw her in person, and there was no medical care within two weeks,” Vlasenko said. He added that the Health Ministry’s commission should draw a conclusion on the need for additional diagnostics. “If they remember the Hippocratic Oath, they should write that it is necessary to conduct an instrumental diagnostics that cannot be done in a detention facility,” the deputy said.

Anishchenko, in turn, said that the commission last examined Tymoshenko on November 7 and 9. “They [commission members] recommended an MRI examination and a radiographic examination,” he said.

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BYuT faction left the session hall in protest

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News / 18 November 2011 | 12:35

BYuT faction left the session hall in protest

BYuT faction left the session hall in protest

MPs of the BYuT faction have left the session hall demonstrating their disappointment with answers of the ministers during the Hour of questions to the government.

In particular, MP Volodymyr Yavorivski stated that the answers of the ministers were formal.

“Today they’ve demonstrated what kind of government we have. I don’t understand why they have come at all. Have you heard their answers? Nothing concrete,” the MP boiled over.

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Government stands against individual heating for multi-storied buildings

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News / 18 November 2011 | 12:15

Government stands against individual heating for multi-storied buildings

Government stands against individual heating for multi-storied buildings

Minister for housing and municipal services Anatoly Blyzniuk stands against installation of individual heating systems, as he said during the Hour of questions to the government, ForUm correspondent reports.

In response to the question why the government does not allow individual heating systems in multi-storied buildings, Blyzniuk said: “I support the idea of autonomous heating, installed by a house-hold cooperative for the whole building. But I am against installation of heating systems in every apartment, because the ventilation system is poor. From the beginning of the year 40 people have been injured and 16 died because of such systems.”

As reported earlier, the head of the State agency on energy saving Mykola Pashkevich believes it is inexpedient to install individual gas heating in multi-storied buildings, as it worsens the ecology and increases the costs for heat production.

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Paid calling a doctor may be introduced in Ukraine

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News / 18 November 2011 | 12:00

Paid calling a doctor may be introduced in Ukraine

Paid calling a doctor may be introduced in Ukraine

Health Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Anishchenko does rule out that paid calling a personal doctor may be introduced in Ukraine. He said this during the Hour of questions to the government, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to Anishchenko, if the parliament adopts corresponding amendments to the legislation, people will call a doctor with 50 hryvnias of fee.

The Minister said this measure would somewhat improve the financial state of medicine.

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Opposition MPs cut off a part of the fence around parliament

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News / 18 November 2011 | 11:35

Opposition MPs cut off a part of the fence around parliament

Opposition MPs cut off a part of the fence around parliament

MPs from opposition have dismounted the fence around the parliamentary building, having cut off the second section of the gates and opening the passage directly to the parliamentary doors from the side of the Constitution square.

As ForUm correspondent reports, oppositional deputy Andriy Parubiy (Our Ukraine faction) with the help of other deputies has cut off with an angle grinder some fence’s sections. The MPs have declared that the fence belongs to no one and they have decided to remove it.

The MPs also state that this is a private initiative, which has not been agreed with the leaders of their political forces.

Police officers, guarding the fence, have not interfered. From their talks it follows: “Let them saw. They (politicians) will sort things out by themselves.”

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PM Azarov asking deputies not to interfere in the dialogue with Chernobyl liquidators

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News / 18 November 2011 | 11:09

PM Azarov asking deputies not to interfere in the dialogue with Chernobyl liquidators

PM Azarov asking deputies not to interfere in the dialogue with Chernobyl liquidators

During the Hour of questions to the government and in response to the question on social payments to Chernobyl disaster liquidators Prime Minister Mykola Azarov noted the the state budget provides means to solve this issue.

At the same time Azarov declared that interference of politicians into the process of negotiations only complicates the problem. “We are holding a dialogue with people, and if you did not interfere with your provocative statements it would be even more constructive,” the Premier said, ForUm correspondent reports.

Prime Minister Azarov believes that all Chernobyl liquidators must receive equal pensions.

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MPs adopted as a whole the law on parliamentary elections

Posted by the Editor on November 18, 2011


News / 18 November 2011 | 10:40

MPs adopted as a whole the law on parliamentary elections

MPs adopted as a whole the law on parliamentary elections

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Thursday adopted as a whole the law on parliamentary elections with 366 votes in favor, ForUm correspondent reported.

According to the new law, people’s deputies are elected under a mixed system – 225 deputies of the Ukrainian parliament are elected under a proportional representation system in a national multi-member constituency, and another 225 deputies are elected in majority constituencies.

The election campaign starts 90 days before the day of voting. The participation of blocs of political parties is banned. The passing barrier for political parties and deputies from majority constituencies is 5%.

The expenses for preparation and holding of parliamentary elections are financed by the state budget, as well as by parties and candidates, which are obliged to form their election funds. A candidate can be nominated simultaneously under a party list and under constituencies.

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