uvt2.jpg 9 November 2009, Kyiv, Ukraine - During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mrs. Yuliya Tymoshenko today, the UN System Resident Coordinator Mr. Olivier Adam, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine Ms.Yukie Mokuo, Head of the WHO Country Office Mr. Igor Pokanevych, and Leader of the WHO group of experts Mr. Jukka Pukkila discussed the epidemic situation in Ukraine and further joint steps to overcome it.
uvt2.jpg 9 November 2009, Kyiv, Ukraine - During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mrs. Yuliya Tymoshenko today, the UN System Resident Coordinator Mr. Olivier Adam, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine Ms.Yukie Mokuo, Head of the WHO Country Office Mr. Igor Pokanevych, and Leader of the WHO group of experts Mr. Jukka Pukkila discussed the epidemic situation in Ukraine and further joint steps to overcome it.

uvt2.jpg9 November 2009, Kyiv, Ukraine - During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mrs. Yuliya Tymoshenko today, the UN System Resident Coordinator Mr. Olivier Adam, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine Ms.Yukie Mokuo, Head of the WHO Country Office Mr. Igor Pokanevych, and Leader of the WHO group of experts Mr. Jukka Pukkila discussed the epidemic situation in Ukraine and further joint steps to overcome it.

The representatives of the United Nations and the World Health Organization expressed their appreciation to the Government of Ukraine and personally to Prime Minister Mrs. Yuliya Tymoshenko for the high level response to the pandemic influenza, the head of the International Mission of the European WHO Office during the meeting.

“On behalf of the United Nations and the Mission I would like to thank the Government of Ukraine for welcoming the mission and your personal leadership, Prime Minister, in response to the pandemic influenza”, - admitted Jukka Pukkila, also being grateful to the Minister of Foreign Affaires for the coordination of bilateral cooperation.

In its own turn, Head of the WHO Country Office Mr. Igor Pokanevych also thanked the Government of Ukraine for effective actions and measures taken after the 6 phase of the pandemic was announced. He expressed gratitude to the Government for full access to the information, particularly for the complete openness as from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

Igor Pokanevych also stressed that the WHO Mission observed a high level of clinical training in western Ukraine, where epidemic influenza broke out, and Zhytomyr region that has not yet faced an abnormal situation with influenza.

"The World Health Organization will provide all necessary support to ensure that the A/H1N1 vaccine will be available in Ukraine", - said Jukka Pukkila at the briefing.

The Head of the International Mission of the European WHO Office added that taking into consideration the fact this vaccine will be accessible in small quantities at the beginning, Ukraine, like other countries, should begin vaccination with the priority risk groups.

At the same time, Jukka Pukkila noted that the development of a pandemic may last a few weeks or a couple of months, that is why Ukraine should continue to vaccinate people against seasonal influenza: "I support the Prime Minister of Ukraine on the fact that the WHO also encourages continued vaccination against seasonal influenza and to conduct specific vaccination against pandemic influenza, as soon as it is available in Ukraine”.

The photo is provided by www.tymoshenko.ua:

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