Zoryana Skaletska has left the post of Minister of Health and was replaced by a heart surgeon and Honored Doctor of Ukraine Ilya Yemets. By the way, this post is not new for him - in 2010-2011 (under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych) Yemets already headed the Health Ministry.
Who is Ilya Yemets?
Ilya Yemets was born on February 21, 1956 in Vorkuta (Russia), in a large Ukrainian family. In 1979 he graduated from the Kyiv Medical Institute with a degree in pediatrics. In 1979 - 1985 the young man passed postgraduate training - clinical residency in cardiovascular surgery at the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.
Since 1992 Yemets had been the founder of the Rotary International club in Kyiv, where he led the medical humanitarian program. In 1993, he became the founder and president of the first International Children's Charity Fund in Ukraine - Children's Heart, which helps kids with congenital heart diseases.
From 1993 to 1996, Yemets worked as a heart surgeon in Australia and Canada.
In 1996, he headed the department of intensive care and cardiac surgery at the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine. Since 2003, Yemets had been the director of the Scientific and Practical Medical Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
From December 21, 2010 to May 17, 2011 (the period of the Viktor Yanukovych presidency) Yemets had been the Minister of Health of Ukraine.
Since 1992, Ilya Yemets was the first in Ukraine and in the post-Soviet space to successfully operate newborns with complex heart defects, to introduce plastic surgery on heart valves without the use of artificial materials into practice. For the first time in the world, he introduced surgical treatment of prenatally diagnosed complex congenital heart defects in the first hours of life in newborns using autologous cord blood instead of donor blood. He reated a school of cardiology and cardiac surgery of newborns in Ukraine.
Declaration of Ilya Yemets
According to the income declaration for 2018, the minister’s family owns two apartments, a residential building and a land plot in Kyiv, a land plot and a residential building in Yalta in the annexed Crimea. Also, Yemets has a land plot in Ostrog, Rivne region.
The wife of Yemets has Porsche Macan worth about 1 780 000 UAH (72 358 USD). In 2018, the minister’s family income amounted to about 850 000 UAH (34 553 USD).
On bank accounts, Yemets has 92 000 UAH (3 740 USD), 3 500 dollars and about 12 000 euros. The Minister’s family keeps in cash about one million hryvnias (40 650 USD), 111 000 dollars and 86 000 euros.