The State Commission on technogenic and environmental safety and emergencies at its extraordinary meeting today, June 16, chaired by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, has decided that it would be inexpedient to open children’s health camps earlier than July 1 this year.
Reporting on the situation with children's health camps, Minister of Health of Ukraine Maxym Stepanov noted that despite the need to rehabilitate more than 1.2 million children this summer, most of whom are representatives of the privileged categories, the clinical situation regarding COVID-19 remains quite tense.
"Apart from that, we see a big problem with possible outbreaks in children's camps of other infectious diseases, including intestinal, as we experienced in 2018-2019. In such cases, it will be necessary to urgently take children to infectious hospitals, the lion's share of which are now involved in work directly with COVID-19," said Maxym Stepanov.
Moreover, according to him, children will come to children's camps from different regions, in which the epidemiological situation varies, thereby contributing to the spread of coronavirus between the regions of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the checks in children's camps found insufficient control over children's nutrition and violations of sanitary and hygienic norms.
"In this regard, and in connection with the deteriorating situation with the coronavirus epidemic, we believe that the opening of health facilities is currently untimely. At the same time, we do not exclude such a decision, starting from July 1, but not earlier. We need to further monitor the epidemic situation, and within a week we will make decisions depending on the conditions of adaptive quarantine," stressed the Minister of Health, adding that June 22 would be another date when it is relevant to decide on the possible opening of children's health camps.
In turn, the Minister of Social Policy Maryna Lazebna noted that 75% of those children who should be rehabilitated this year are children from low-income families who need social support. "So let's think about their health first. The Ministry of Social Policy believes that a health-improving campaign should be in effect only when the epidemiological situation in the country has improved," the Minister said.