Ukraine can cope with coronavirus, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Organization is concerned about the countries with a weak healthcare system
15:53, 31 January 2020

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The World Health Organization believes that Ukraine might cope with the epidemic of coronavirus. Jarno Habicht, the WHO representative in Ukraine said so during the briefing in Kyiv, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

He commented on the emergency that was announced due to the spread of the deadly virus beyond China. The Organization is most concerned about the countries with a weak healthcare system.  

Asked if the WHO considers Ukraine a country with such a system, and whether the Ukrainian side could cope with the virus, Habicht replied as follows: "Taking into account our work with the Healthcare Ministry, I cannot define Ukraine as a country with the weak system. Ukraine previously survived health crises and outbreaks and dealt them successfully". 

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The WHO representative also added that the risks for Ukraine remain, which is why the doctors need to be duly informed, and the healthcare system properly prepared for the outbreak.

Earlier, the World Health Organization announced an international-level emergency due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said so after the session of the extraordinary committee; he left the respective post on his Twitter.

"The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries. Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it", he wrote.

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