The lack of an effective health care system, multiplied by the failure of the Uliana Suprun medical reform, has led Ukrainians to fear to have children. Instead of real reforms and social support, the Cabinet is spending money on “baby boxes”, the value of which is extremely dubious, said Tetiana Bakhteieva, MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, member of the Parliamentary Committee on Health.
“While the Ukrainian government is intensively engaged in anti-reforms, our neighbors are realizing real changes. Thus, the Polish government adopted a draft law, according to which, from July 1 of this year, all children and young people in Poland under the age of 18 have the right to receive 500 zlotys – about UAH 3.5 thousand – per month. Thus, the authorities in Poland take real steps aimed at improving the demographic situation in their country. In Ukraine, the government limits its support for motherhood and childhood, distributing “baby boxes,” Tetiana Bakhteieva stated.
According to the MP, “baby boxes” have already provoked a number of scandals: the center forces the local authorities to order them, although they strongly resist, citing a shortage of money. In addition, expectant mothers will have to contact social services many times before receiving such a package. The way out of the situation is to monetize the content of “baby boxes”.“The cost of “baby boxes” is frankly overpriced, and they include items of dubious quality that are not always necessary for mother and child. It would be more correct to give funds in cash to new mothers. Parents themselves would be able to decide what they need to buy for their baby, like in neighboring Poland and other developed countries,” the MP emphasized.