President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko suggested increasing aid for the second new-born child in every Ukrainian family to UAH 15,000 (UAH 8,500 now) starting from the year 2008. He told that on Thursday at the meeting with the medical workers in Kryviy Rig.

“Such funds can be found in the country’s budget,” the President claimed.

Yushchenko pledged to launch special national programs to fight cancer, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and added that preparations to establish a cancer institute in Ukraine are proceed.

The President said today the national healthcare system is facing a few great challenges, and then added that the top priority for his government is to reform the sector and support those who work in it.He reminded the doctors that the Cabinet of Ministers had considerably increased healthcare spending over the past two years, from UAH 6 bln in 2002 to UAH 17 bln in 2006.

According to Yushchenko, by this year the National program on acquisition of medical equipment and medical transport in the villages will be done.


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