Children’s Ombudsman: No system of palliative care in Ukraine

Children’s Ombudsman: No system of palliative care in Ukraine

Ukrainian Children’s Ombudsman Mykola Kuleba has stated that Ukraine has no palliative care system and the necessary forms of anesthesia.

He said this during an open discussion about children's palliative care, the President’s press service reports.

"Unfortunately, there is no palliative care system and necessary forms of anesthesia in Ukraine. Thousands of children and their parents suffer from unbearable torments every day because of this," Kuleba said.

As noted, there are more than 17,000 children in need of palliative care annually in Ukraine. However, as estimated by UNICEF, there are more than 40,000 such children in Ukraine.

"Timely and appropriate care for terminally ill children is our test of humanity and the ability to be the civilized society," the Ombudsman added and urged to "unite all efforts to provide children in need with timely medical and social assistance."


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