The people’s deputy considers that it is urgently necessary to provide equipment for Sumy region and to strengthen regional hospitals.
On Tuesday, at an emergency meeting, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a bill No. 3219 “On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine aimed at preventing the occurrence and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).” 344 deputies voted for the document. Among them – the people’s deputy majoritarian Andrii Derkach, elected in our constituency. Through the reception of the people’s deputy in Hlukhiv, we asked to comment this decision.
«As at March 17, Ukraine is officially aware of 14 cases of coronavirus, two of them fatal. 10 infected in the Chernivtsi region, two in the Zhytomyr and Kiev regions and two in Kiev. But now, as the experience of other countries shows, statistics will change daily exponentially. And we all must adhere to certain rules.
I personally voted for the law, although I have my own opinion on some of the specific provisions. For several weeks we all have to live in quarantine mode. But the main goal of the state in this situation is to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.
Considering that the number of cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine is growing, I believe that it is necessary for the government to take urgent measures to purchase mechanical ventilation devices, the essential antiseptics and other protective equipment in the region’s hospitals. No need to wait until Sumy enters the list of regions with cases of COVID-19 disease,”- said Derkach.
Let’s recall that the document established the procurement of goods, works and services without applying the procedures prescribed in the Law of Ukraine “On Public Procurement” for the ability to quickly respond to the situation.
The document exempts from import duties and VAT on medicines and medical devices that are purchased to prevent and combat coronavirus infection. The law also provides the possibility of one hundred percent prepayment for goods, work and services that are purchased to prevent and combat COVID-19.
The law provides the possibility of the population working remotely in quarantine. The document also prohibits the conduct of state supervision and control during quarantine.
A separate article of the law provides criminal liability for violation of sanitary standards.