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Patients with cancer can not get medication without Suprun's signature, - Health Ministry

Earlier, Ulyana Suprun was suspended as Acting Health Minister; the court removed her from this office
13:11, 6 February 2019

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As reform-minded medic Ulyana Suprun was dismissed from her position, medical facilities cannot receive the required medicine for the sick. It might be delivered only with the signature of the acting Health Minister, as Ukraine’s Health Ministry reported on Facebook.

“The order of Kyiv District Court blocked the delivery of essential drugs for the patients… Medicines on the Ukrainian state-run enterprises are being prepared to be delivered to the regions,” the press office of the Health Ministry reported.

Related: US Embassy follows situation with removing Acting Health Minister Suprun from office

The drugs are purchased for the means from the state budget, $23.2 million was spent. The list includes some 390,000 doses of vaccines against measles, parotitis, and rubella, 954,000 doses of vaccines against poliomyelitis. The drug-based treatment is necessary for patients with cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, hepatitis, medicine for those who need dialysis and antiretroviral therapy. Some medications are expensive, many patients cannot afford them.

The Health Ministry assured that soon they expect delivery of expensive medication for HIV and AIDS positive, patients with cancer, hepatitis and other illnesses.

Related: Ukraine's government supports Suprun, suspended as acting Healthcare Minister

Earlier on Tuesday, February 5, Kyiv District Court has prohibited Ulyana Suprun from exercising the power of Ukraine’s Health Minister, as the court’s decision says. It was published by Ukrainian MP Igor Mosiychuk on his Facebook page. 'The first Deputy of Ukraine’s Health Minister Ulyana Suprun is banned from performing any actions within the competence of Ukraine’s Health Minister,' the court ruled.

Related: Ukraine's Justice Ministry to appeal against Suprun's removal from office

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