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Ukraine’s Healthcare Minister to spend 14 days with quarantined Ukrainians

Source : 112 Ukraine

As it was stated by Zoriana Skaletska, she was overwhelmed by all the panic and rejection
23:20, 20 February 2020

Healthcare Minister Zoriana Skaletska
Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine’s Minister of Health Zoriana Skaletska has decided to join the quarantined people at the Novi Sanzhary Medical Center and will spend the next 14 days with them. She wrote about it on her Facebook page after local citizens attacked the bus, which was carrying evacuated Ukrainians, with stones.

"I made the decision to join the people in the observation. I will spend the next 14 days with them in the same room and in the same conditions. I hope that my presence will reassure both those in Novi Sanzhary and the rest of the country ... I want to emphasize one more time: these people are our compatriots, they are no strangers to us. We live in one country and we must take care of their health and safety," Skaletska said.

According to her, the evacuation was carefully prepared and the safe conditions of stay in observation were provided, taking all WHO standards and practices of other countries into account.

Related: Novi Sanzhary protesters clash with Ukrainian police

"What happened today, all that panic and rejection, the negativity and the aggression struck me very much. The people that were evacuated from China were shocked even more. So I am asking you to express your words of support and gratitude for agreeing to spend two weeks in isolation. I hope that my personal behavior will help with mitigating the situation and reconciliation. It is necessary for all of us," the minister noted.

As we reported earlier, the civilian aircraft that carried Ukrainians evacuated from Wuhan landed in Kharkiv. All those aboard were claimed healthy, there was no suspicion for coronavirus.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported that the citizens would be sent to Novi Sanzhary sanitarium. This evoked the outrage of the locals.

Related: Buses with evacuated Ukrainians reach Novi Sanzhary settlement

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