During the coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine, the Ministry of Health has increased the number of laboratories testing for coronavirus from 4 to 69.
This was stated by Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov in an interview with leading Ukrainian TV channels.
"When we introduced quarantine, that is, as of mid-March, the number of laboratories that could perform PCR tests was 3-4. Today those are 69 laboratories. This is a question for people who were working there and were not geared up for such a challenge as coronavirus. Now we have 69 laboratories and we constantly expand and involve including other laboratories, we buy the equipment", Maxym Stepanov emphasized.
According to the Minister, out of the 25 laboratory centers included in the structure of the Ministry of Health, the last time before the epidemic the purchase of equipment took place back in 2009.
"It directly applies to the equipment for the testing purposes. And that was actually inoperative. We have updated this equipment, attracted additional specialists who became laboratory assistants and did these tests. When I came to the office, we did 500-600 tests per day. Today this figure amounts to 12,000 and we are constantly increasing this number," stressed Maxym Stepanov.