Epidemic situation in Ukraine threatens national security, 53 people have died

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KIEV. November 2. KAZINFORM. The epidemic situation in Ukraine "has assumed a threatening and unpredictable nature and is a threat to national security", says a decree of October 31 by President Viktor Yushchenko, published on Sunday. The decree enacts a decision of the National Security and Defence Council on measures to fight the new flu (A/N1N1)Itar-Tass.

In the opinion of the Security Council, "the Ministry of Health and local bodies of executive power showed insufficient readiness to ensure treatment of patients".

In this connection, the government was instructed to create reserves of medical equipment and anti-virus preparations, to strengthen anti-epidemic regime in places frequented by people, to restrict mass events and to involve the Defence Ministry and the Ministry for Emergencies to render medical aid to population.

The Health Ministry is to inform the Security Council secretary of the situation daily. The Defence Ministry was instructed to organise a check-up of population in the countryside with mobile teams from hospitals.

Fifty-three people, including a child and two pregnant women, have died of cold and flu in Ukraine, the Health Ministry said.

In all, the country's cold and flu rate amounts to 185,000, including 9,400 cases of flu. The number of A/H1N1 flu cases is unknown.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has asked the world to help handle the flu epidemic; Kazinform cites Itar-Tass. See www.itar-tass.com for full version.

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