"With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the use of antibiotics increases significantly and the volume of antibiotic consumption in Europe grew by 40%. At the same time, we note that Ukraine receives fewer antibiotics from Europe, and in order to prevent a potential shortage of antibiotics amid a pandemic, the Health Ministry is working closely with Ukrainian pharmaceutical manufacturers to determine mechanisms for organizing production and meeting the needs of the population in antibiotics," he said at a briefing on Monday, October 26.
According to Ivashchenko, the Health Ministry emphasizes the need to avoid self-medication with antibiotics and also focuses the attention of doctors on the appointment of antibiotics exclusively by a rational method and only on the indications provided by national treatment protocols.
As of October 26, Ukraine recorded 348,924 coronavirus cases, including 5,426 new cases in the past 24 hours.
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