During his working trip to Lviv region, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal visited the Lviv Pulmonary Health Center, which provides highly qualified inpatient and outpatient care for patients with tuberculosis, non-specific respiratory diseases, and since April 2020 has been receiving coronavirus patients.
The Prime Minister noted that due to subventions from the state budget, the material and technical base of the medical institution had been greatly improved, thus allowing to promptly admit patients with coronavirus.
"The development of the Center is a success story when highly qualified doctors and managers make their hospital modern and equip with everything necessary. Other hospitals in Ukraine should take the work of the Center as an example," the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister was informed that the hospital currently has 370 beds for COVID patients and all of them are provided with oxygen. In the last 3 months, the number of such beds has almost doubled. Over the previous year, the salary of the Center's doctors increased by almost 50%, and the salary of junior medical staff almost doubled. By the end of 2021, the resuscitation and intensive care unit will be overhauled, as well as the surgery suite reconstructed. From the state budget for 2021, it is planned to allocate funds in the amount of UAH 165 million.
Moreover, Denys Shmyhal thanked the hospital staff who had been working with coronavirus patients for a year for their dedication and hard work.
In turn, the Deputy Director General of the Pulmonary Health Center Zinovii Nakonechnyy informed that the average salary in the hospital ranges from UAH 12,000 to 20,000 depending on the qualifications of medical staff, and added that no problems with surcharges to medical staff, working with patients with COVID-19, occur.