Educated and healthy Ukrainian is a foundation, bedrock of our economy, announced Oleksiy Honcharuk.
"The basis of the Government's strategy is to invest resources in human capital. And there are two important things to start with: education and medicine. Everything is very simple: an educated person knows what and how to do, and a healthy person has the strength and energy to do it," Oleksiy Honcharuk said.
To this end, 887 hub schools were created, and 20,000 first-year classes of the New Ukrainian School were upgraded,52 training centres for vocational education were opened. A pilot project of the Ministry of Education and Science in Vinnytsia, Odesa and Sumy was also launched, which envisages financing of educational institutions at the expense of regional budgets.
From April 1, the second stage of medical reform starts: Ukrainians will receive a free guaranteed package of medical services - the program of medical guarantees will be triggered.
"We are ready for the reform that will start on April 1. We have a clear blueprint for each region on the transformation of the medical system. At present, the Ministry of Health and the National Health Service are working with the regions to launch the second stage of medical reform in a timely fashion," Oleksiy Honcharuk added.
The Medical Guarantees Program includes primary care, emergency care, outpatient clinic - the services of a specialist doctor to whom a family doctor sent, inpatient care, palliative care - treatment of incurable diseases (anaesthesia, assistance to families of patients, life support, care of the patient), medical rehabilitation, childbirth care, reimbursement for the cost of medicines ("Available medicines").
Apart from that, the Prime Minister stressed that the priority of his team is to provide social support to all who need it.
"In 2020, we increased assistance by UAH 806.3 million to lonely retirees who have reached the age of 80 and need outside care. This is the beginning of providing assistance to the most vulnerable category to people," the Prime Minister emphasized.
The PM added that one of the directions of the Government's work is reforming the Soviet system of boarding schools.
In 4 years the Cabinet of Ministers plans to halve the number of boarding schools in Ukraine and the number of children in them. In addition, the financial support of caregivers and foster parents has increased by 30%.
"Children are our future. Therefore, we must do everything we can to ensure children are growing up in the families and have everything they need, " the Prime Minister added.
The Government increased social assistance for orphans and children with disabilities. In 2020 increase in payments per person will be to the tune of UAH 1,100 per month (from 2 to 2.5 subsistence wages), for orphans and children deprived of parental care to more than UAH 3000 / month (from 2 to 3.5 living wages) for children with disabilities who are brought up in orphanages and foster homes.
Oleksiy Honcharuk added that over the past six months due to joint Government’s efforts it became possible to reduce heating payments to 30%.
"This has always been one of the most important issues that Ukrainians have voiced. And I can say that we are the first Government which really reduced utility bills for people," the Head of Government said.
He explained that the gas price has not been transparent and marketable for many, that is why the payments for households were only increasing.
Thanks to unbundling of Naftogaz which was carried in record-breaking time, and to a new contract on gas transit a transparent model of market price formation for gas had been put into practice.
At present, 143 cities have recalculated payments in 21regions. A decrease in payments for December was not a one-off event. The Government is now working to continue the tendency towards decreasing utility bills in January and February.
"Our task is to keep the sum of the payment as low as possible during the winter period. However, it will be significantly lower than last winter, " the Prime Minister underscored.