The experts of the regional office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) will estimate the institutions of the prison system of Ukraine for the ability to resist diseases’ outbreaks of both, infectious and non-infectious origin as Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko reported.
Such a decision was made during the meeting of Viktor Lyashko and WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Manager Carina Ferreira-Borges.
“The world has different models of management of medical systems in ‘closed’ conditions but all of them should base on the principle of priority of the right of each person for the protection of life and health unquestionably,” Carina Ferreira-Borges noted.
According to Viktor Lyashko, in Ukraine, the platform created for interaction between the Health Ministry, Justice Ministry, the National Health Service and other partners on the coordination of civilian and penitentiary medicine.
“The WHO has significant experience in the development and implementation of programs on improvement of the medical aid to people who stay in penitentiary facilities. The full path of such estimation was already passed by Finland, the UK and Portugal. Ukraine is in line. It is very positive news,” Lyashko noted.
According to the health center of the State Penal Service as of November 2020, 443 Covid-19 cases were registered in the Ukrainian prisons. The majority of the cases (359) were observed among the employees of the facilities. Seven cases were registered among prisoners and 13 cases among convicted.
As of December 17, 12,047 new cases of coronavirus infection were registered in Ukraine over the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 931,751 cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Ukraine: 548,356 patients have recovered (+12,939 per day), 15,996 people (+252 per day) have died from complications caused by the disease.