705 Ukrainian health facilities were damaged by russian aggression
That number was announced at a meeting held on June 15 by the European Business Association with Deputy Ministers of Health of Ukraine – Oleksii Iaremenko and Bohdan Borukhovskyi. Of these health facilities, 115 are completely destroyed, and the total cost of reconstruction amounts to more than 34 billion hryvnias.
However, the Ministry of Health plans not only to rebuild and restore but also to strategically develop the health care system. Particularly, we are talking about the transition to a new system of a viable network of health care facilities – hospital districts, the development of which has been going on for about 4 years. According to Mr. Iaremenko, it is important to start discussions and work on the future restoration now, as there are a lot of preparations that precede this process. The Working group on the Reconstruction Plan is already in the final stage of developing the main documentation.
Priority in restoring the medical network will be given to primary care facilities. After all, outpatient clinics provide many more services, and their network has already been significantly reformed in recent years. The Ministry of Health is already doing this in the occupied Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions. The priority of the Ministry of Health is not the restoration of medical institutions themselves, but the restoration of services for the population and jobs for medical workers.
Currently, one of the main problems in specialized health care is the inefficient and extensive network. The transition to a three-tier hospital network (superclusters, clusters, and general hospitals) is one of the priorities so that the development or reconstruction of damaged and destroyed facilities takes place within the new system. The legal process for the formation of such a network began in October 2021, and the Ministry of Health plans to complete it in 2-3 months. Accordingly, the infrastructure plan for the development of the health care facilities network will already have a legal basis.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Regional Development are working together to develop and adopt new state building codes, as well as sanitary and hygienic rules. So that the medical institutions are constructed and reconstructed according to modern standards.
Cooperation between business and the Ministry of Health can be focused on humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation of health facilities. Thus, the Ministry of Health invites international companies and organizations to join intellectual efforts, as well as assist in the design and initial preparation of restoration projects.
The Ministry of Health is preparing a pool of public-private partnership projects in which businesses will be able to join the cooperation. As the projects will require prompt implementation, the Ministry of Health offers an updated form of cooperation between the state and business, which will enable swift and flexible actions – this will be an agreement on joint activities. The Ministry of Health hopes that with the help of such a tool and with the active involvement of business, the reconstruction and modernization of the health care system and medical institutions will be modern and effective and will take place promptly.
We are grateful to Mr. Iaremenko and Mr. Borukhovskyi for the meeting and the opportunity for direct dialogue and effective cooperation!