KIEV, Ukraine -- President Viktor Yanukovych is forecasting that 27 high-technology perinatal centers will be opened in all regions of Ukraine before 2014.
In particular, according to Yanukovych, the first such a center should be opened in Kirovohrad by June 1, 2011.
«in the other regions, the centers should be opened in the period of 2011-2013,» the press service quoted Yanukovych as saying during an expanded working meeting of the committee on economic reforms, which focused on healthcare.
According to Yanukovych, the government should allocate money for financing these centers under the «Reproductive Health of the Nation» program.
He also stressed that he would take personal control of this issue and that every regional governor would report top him on the issue.
According to the press service, one of the first centers to be opened will be in Kirovohrad because it is one of the regions that presently need to modernize and where it is extremely necessary to open medical institutions.
In this context, Yanukovych noted the opening of a radiological building at the Kirovohrad oncological dispensary on Friday and stressed that this dispensary met the highest international standards.
The Presidential Administration’s first deputy head Iryna Akymova has said that implementation of the national project for creation of high-technology perinatal centers in all the 27 regions of Ukraine would require UAH 310 million ($39 million).
According to Akymova, this project is very pressing because the child mortality rate in the country is 2.4 times higher than the child mortality rates in the European Union and the maternal mortality rate is 3-4 times higher.