"In order to ensure the continuity of work of the Ukrainian Health Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on February 13 adopted an order that allows Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun to perform the duties of the health minister of Ukraine, apart from the exclusive powers of a minister as a member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine determined by Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine resolution No. 1096 of July 17, 2003, on the procedure for the performance of a minister's duties in the event of temporary absence," the statement reads.
It notes that this order is a consolidated government decision.
"The order allows unblocking the most critical issues in the work of the Health Ministry. This exceptional step by the Cabinet of Ministers is an answer to the fact that the work of the Ukrainian Health Ministry has been blocked by a ruling of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv," the statement says.
It adds that this order allows Suprun to sign important documents, in particular, regarding the distribution of medicines and vaccines in the regions.
"The government order makes it possible to approve the distribution of vaccines and medicines to the regions, send 44 Ukrainians for treatment abroad, continue the process of building the Okhmatdyt children's hospital, purchase equipment and make other decisions that need immediate approval. These documents will be signed in the near future," reads the statement.
Earlier reports said that Kyiv's District Administrative Court had not yet made any decision on a petition for the cancellation of the ruling that bans Suprun from performing the duties of the health minister of Ukraine. The judge has been in the deliberation room since February 11.
On February 15, the court is due to hear an appeal filed by MP Ihor Mosiychuk on Suprun's having no power to perform the duties of the health minister of Ukraine.
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