MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Tetiana Bakhteeva advised the Acting Minister of Health Uliana Suprun to get away from writing “useful tips” on Facebook, and contact the head of the New York City Department of Health, Oxyris Barbot. According to Bakhteieva, thus Suprun will be able to learn how to properly protect the population from measles.
Tetiana Bakhteieva said that New York had declared an emergency because of an outbreak of measles, with only 285 cases of infection registered in the city, and no deaths were recorded at all. At the same time, in Ukraine, since the beginning of 2019, more than 37 thousand people have become sick with measles, and 14 Ukrainians have already died from complications.
“According to the order of the mayor of New York, anyone who is not vaccinated against measles in a state of emergency must be vaccinated within 48 hours. At the same time, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health does nothing to defeat measles, the incidence rates are increasing in space progression,” Bakhteieva told.
She also recalled that Ukraine ranks first in the incidence of measles among European countries. “In the period from 2016 to 2018, the number of measles cases in Ukraine increased 500 times. In 2018 alone, more than 53 thousand Ukrainians had measles, 16 – died,” the MP said.
According to Bakhteieva, outbreaks of measles are being fought around the world – cities and regions of foreign countries are provided with vaccines in a timely manner. Meanwhile, there are no medicines or vaccines in Ukrainian hospitals. “Ukrainian doctors, scientists, medical experts are sounding the alarm and urging the Ministry of Health to take urgent measures and stop the impending measles epidemic,” the parliamentarian noted.
According to Bakhteieva, the Acting Minister of Health Uliana Suprun, having dual citizenship, does not hear Ukrainian specialists.“Suprun should listen to the advice of her fellow Americans” She should to get away from writing “useful tips” on Facebook, and call the head of the New York City Department of Health, Oxyris Barbot. Perhaps Mrs. Barbot will tell her compatriot Suprun how to protect the population from measles,” Bakhteieva emphasized.