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Emergency ministry sees no grounds for state of emergency

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Nov. 6, 2009, 5:07 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Emergencies Ministry sees no grounds to introduce a state of emergency in Ukraine due to the flu epidemic. "The situation at present is under control and predictable, and there is no need to announce a state of emergency," the director of the civil protection department of the Emergencies Ministry, Vasyl Kvashuk, said during a phone-in in Kyiv on Nov. 6.

He noted that a state of emergency can be introduced by the Verkhovna Rada at the request of the president.

At the same time, the emergency rule can be imposed only if there is a threat to citizens' lives and steps can be taken to stop the widening of this threat, Kvashuk said.
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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2009, 8:11 p.m.    

THE KEY WORDS ARE STATED IN THE ARTICLE - IF THERE IS A TREAT TO CITIZENS LIVES AND STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO STOP THE WIDENING OF THIS THREAT.

As Ukrainian leaders at all levels do not have any measures to use in this crisis (both economic and flu) they can not - even if they should or could.

So the only solution left for them is to call it off, and hope for the best..

We are talking about a non- proactive policy here - much like it was in Soviet times really. Not much learned from crisis management - as i guess none of the Ukrainian politicians could spell the words, and more harder to take any proper crisis management at all.

Ukraine need new leaders with the potential to handle the hard times Ukraine faces now, as it will demand ecoomic, political and most of all a health care system control and execution in the next few decades, as the flu is only the tip of the iceberg, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis together with a failing public health system in need of modernisation and vitalisation.

Doctors are working under conditions seen in rest of Europe back in the 1960's and they deserve better as their knowledge and expertise deserve something better than they have today.

Ukraine will loose more than 10% of its population in the next few decades unless something is done to adjust its course. Drugs and alcoholism can be a curse Ukraine needs to take serious.

But in the meantime give the doctors in Ukraine means and tool to help the Ukrainians with the flu epidemics and treat them with the respect they should have. Ukrainian medical experts have warned politicians about this for over a year, and nothing has been done - the bill is to be paid now, and the ordinary Ukrainians have to pay it - without the help of the rich in Ukraine.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2009, 8:18 p.m.    

So true, as the numbers for HIV/AIDS in Ukraine is terrible.

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS

377,600 (2006 est.)

HIV/AIDS - deaths 20,000 (2003 est.)

So we can put this into perspective of the swine flu as less than hundred has died from it so far, and around 20000 has died from HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.

Yes, the Swine flu is deadly and dangerous and does not discriminate as HIV/AIDS does, however, it just tells you one thing - Ukrainian politicians have no capability to handle the crisis Ukraine is in at the moment - both with and without the SWINE FLU.

When are people of Ukraine going to react and demand leadership from their leaders and not only listen to retorics and promises?

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