Disinfo: There is no one to fight the coronavirus in Ukraine, the epidemiological system is destroyed

Summary

The headquarters for coordination and prevention of the coronavirus threat in Ukraine is populism because there are still no such specialists in the country. The epidemiological system is destroyed, and no university in Ukraine prepares epidemiologists.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the new strain of coronavirus. It also taps into another often used pro-Kremlin technique, trying to show Ukraine as a failed state.

The epidemiological system in Ukraine has not been destroyed but reformed. Instead of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, there is now a “Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine” that performs the same functions.

Ex-minister of Health Ulyana Suprun stressed that the elimination of various epidemiological institutions was announced only after almost all of her supervisory and permitting functions had been transferred to other organisations in 2014.

The State Institution “Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine” is a health institution responsible for preserving and promoting public health, social and hygienic disease monitoring, epidemiological surveillance and biological safety for the group and population-based disease prevention, epidemic control and strategic public health management. The training of epidemiologists continues in Ukraine as before.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

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