Coronavirus — Ukraine Records 731 New Cases

  • More than 800 new cases a day were reported in Ukraine from July 15-18.
  • The highest number of new cases of infection over the past day was registered in the Lviv region (109) and in Kyiv (87).
  • About 8.1 million Ukrainians need effective mental health services, but 80% do not receive any support.

Over the past 24 hrs, the System of Monitoring the Spread of the Coronavirus Epidemic of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine reported 731 new cases of coronavirus infection in the country. At the same time, 354 patients recovered, and eight patients with COVID-19 have died.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Ukraine when the country’s first case was confirmed to be hospitalized in Chernivtsi Oblast on 3 March 2020. As of July 19, there were 58,842 cases in Ukraine and 1,485 deaths.

More than 800 new cases a day were reported in Ukraine from July 15-18. The daily record remains June 26, when 1,109 cases were recorded. In total, 58,842 cases of coronavirus have been detected in Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic.

What’s more, 30,879 people have recovered from COVID-19, and 1,485 people have died. The highest number of new cases of infection over the past day was registered in the Lviv region (109) and in Kyiv (87).

Mental Health Problems in Ukraine

While uncertainty prevails at the level of national politics, the movement for change has already begun in the communities. About 8.1 million Ukrainians need effective mental health services, but 80% do not receive any support.

About 1.6 million people are officially registered in the mental health system of Ukraine. Of these, 300,000 are in inpatient treatment. They face human rights violations and ineffective treatment on a near-daily basis. The Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by Ukraine, is not very well implemented in practice.

However, these people are visible to the outside observer, while another 6.4 million people with mild, moderate, or severe mental disorders remain in the shadows, experiencing problems alone or with their families.

“Although only people with truly severe mental disorders need hospitalization in psychiatric hospitals, 89% of state funding goes specifically to the needs of such institutions,” writes an observer.

Speaking about the results of the second stage of the medical reform, the Minister of Health, Maxim Stepanov, says that the psychiatric service is underfunded, which “endangers the existence of psychiatric hospitals.” However, the minister forgets that most of the people who need only psychosocial support, and who can stay at home, the state does not provide the necessary services.

Lviv Oblast is an oblast (province) in western Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Lviv.

“As a result, mental health problems are exacerbating, making them harder to treat. This creates additional difficulties in the lives of both people with mental disorders and their loved ones,” the author notes.

In turn, Deputy Minister Iryna Sadovyak says:

“A culture of mental health care has not yet been fully formed in Ukraine. We have a lot of educational work ahead. Reform of the mental health system is an important part of the overall reform of medicine. It aims to move from providing mental health care to maintaining mental health.”

The Concept for the Development of Mental Health Care in Ukraine, until 2030, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers back in 2017, does indeed envisage a shift in the focus of providing mental health care from inpatient treatment to outpatient treatment, as well as the creation of detailed patient routes.

However, the action plan for its implementation by the Ministry of Health has not yet been developed.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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