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26
November
2021

Health Ministry provides three-month supply of test systems for COVID-19, creates four laboratory hubs – Kuzin

KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has provided a three-month supply of test systems for COVID-19 and created four laboratory hubs in Ternopil, Odesa regions, Kyiv and Kharkiv, chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Ihor Kuzin has said.

"We, as the Ministry of Health, at the level of each region provided a three-month supply of test systems. If we have peak overloads, the laboratory will be able to work for 1.5-2 months without delay during peak overloads. To unload the regions, we have created four hubs that can carry out a large amount of research rather quickly. These are hubs in Ternopil, Odesa regions, Kyiv and Kharkiv. They are equipped with modern equipment that allows to quickly process a large amount of studies," he said.

At the same time, Kuzin clarified that these hubs were created with donor funds as part of a project to equip laboratory centers and laboratory units at the regional level. "The main donor in this project is WHO (World Health Organization)," he stressed.

The chief sanitary doctor noted that private medicine was not involved in the project to create laboratory hubs, so as not to depend on the private sector in matters of epidemic safety. Despite the fact that at the beginning of the epidemic, the private sector proposed a mechanism for creating hubs, it was implemented at the state level, Kuzin confirmed.

"The private sector proposed a similar model, but that hubs should be created at the level of private healthcare institutions or at the level of private laboratories, and that the state constantly purchases certain services from them. However, we decided to take a more sustainable path, because we do not want to depend on the private sector in matters of epidemic security, because we understand that at some points such hubs are an element of the state’s response to emergencies," he explained.