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The American edition of Politico writes that the problematic situation with tuberculosis in Ukraine, "is closely related to migration, instability and poverty, particularly relevant in light of a visa-free regime with the EU".
for example, in Odessa, the highest incidence rate in Ukraine: 110 cases per 100,000 in 2016, and the figure is growing. This is especially troubling to Western observers in the context of the fact that at least 5 million citizens of Ukraine, according to the foreign Ministry, are working abroad - in Poland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia and Germany. Another 1.5 million Ukrainians being displaced, migrate to Ukraine because of the war in the East.
"Ukraine needs to pay particular attention to tuberculosis, because it is a very sensitive topic in Europe," Politico quotes the words of Alexei Bobrik, an expert of the world health organization on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis in Ukraine.
while the overall TB incidence is gradually declining, in places like Odessa, they continue to grow. The biggest concern is that Ukraine is one of the world leaders in multi-drug-resistant forms of TB that does not respond to the traditional treatment.
"We are unable to provide the necessary conditions for treatment," the doctor said Oxana Leonenko-Brodetsky, head of the Odesa TB dispensary. It is located in the city center in a classical building with peeling paint. "We have no separate, isolated chambers for one person, no system of phased transfer from chamber to chamber, and therefore fairly frequent hospital-acquired infections".
Despite the loyalty of the EU and international organizations that have significantly supported the program of Ukraine for TB and HIV, the Parliament postponed the draft laws on the financing until the fall. This is due to the powerful opposition. In the medical community of Odessa reforms is surrounded by doubts and rumors, for fear that they will cut jobs, and the suspicion that their real goal is to sell valuable real estate to be used under the hospital.
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