On Wednesday, November 4, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal together with the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksii Danilov held a conference call with the heads of the regions to tackle the situation with the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine.
The participants of the meeting raised an issue of increasing the number of beds with oxygen system supply and expanding the bed availability at the expense of other infrastructure facilities.
The Prime Minister stressed to the heads of the regional state administrations (RSA) that it is critical to prepare additional premises for the placement of beds to admit patients with COVID-19.
"We need 25,000 extra beds in sports complexes, exhibition halls and all other premises that are equipped with everything necessary, without the need for repairs, with heating supplies, where we can receive people. The idea "if they are not needed" is out of question. The activities to prepare extra beds should trigger. No debate", Denys Shmyhal emphasized.
The Prime Minister added that the RSA heads should do all these things immediately. "This is an urgent commission. We need to move very quickly and efficiently," he stressed.
During the meeting, the head of Rivne Regional State Administration appealed to the Ministry of Health with a request to provide a license to use medical oxygen "Rivneazot". Maxym Stepanov noted that after receiving the relevant request from the company, the Ministry of Health will carry out the necessary procedures in two days.
The Prime Minister called on the heads of regional state administrations to look for the easiest ways to supply oxygen to the connection points in order to ensure faster preparation of beds without the need to conduct construction work.