Relevant information is published on the official website of Rospotrebnadzor on November 8.
"According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health's Public Health Center on October 23 this year, 7 cases of laboratory diphtheria confirmed were registered in the country for 9 months," the report said.
It should be noted that cases are recorded in the Chernihiv area, Kiev and Lugansk. According to experts, the main reason for this situation is the long rejection of parents to vaccinate children. Thus, in various age groups of children, immunization coverage of diphtheria for a certain period of time is around 40% at a rate of at least 95%, according to the World Health Organization.
In this case, Rospotrebnadzor asks to consider this information when planning a trip to Ukraine and draw attention to the importance of vaccination against disease.
According to the World Health Organization's health ranking published in September, Ukraine is one of the sickest countries in Europe: the country ranks 97th among 156 countries in the world. According to medical specialists, in recent years the risk of various epidemics has increased significantly in Ukraine. Thus, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported more than 37 thousand people with measles since the beginning of the year, 15 of whom died during the course of the disease. In addition, outbreaks of diphtheria and African pig fever have been registered in the country, and tuberculosis statistics are increasing rapidly.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian doctors have reported a flu outbreak that will cover Ukraine this winter. According to the Ministry of Health, the main threat to the population of this country is borne by three strains of the flu virus: "Michigan", "Colorado" swine flu, which gives complications to the lungs and respiratory tract, and the most dangerous in this trio – "Singapore", causing complications in the form of pneumonia.
According to some experts, the reason for the deteriorating health of Ukraine was the collapse of the Soviet health care model, as well as the refusal to buy vaccines and drugs in the Russian Federation for the sake of political conjuncture. Thus, the list of illegal drugs, compiled by the Ukrainian State Service on Drug and Drug Control, includes 75 items, 50 of which are produced in Russia. Among drugs is the Russian vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis, tetanus, and staphylococcus.