The Cabinet of Ministers has registered in the Verkhovna Rada a draft Resolution "On main directions of the distribution of state budget funds allocated to prevent the spread of the flu epidemic and acute respiratory infections in Ukraine," which proposes to approve the allocation of funds to prevent the spread of influenza and acute respiratory diseases and establish appropriate controls for their use.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko personally presented this document in the Rada today, Tymoshenko's web-site reported. 

"The government registered the draft resolution of the Verkhovna Rada which outlines in detail what this money (one billion UAH) will be spent on... and in the Law and the decision of parliament it states that the distribution of funds will be approved by relevant committees," Yulia Tymoshenko said. 

According to her, "this money is needed for banal things." "Firstly, the WHO requires that we equip every raion and city hospital with special oxygen generators and place them in emergency rooms. This means that if a person receives oxygen in the first minutes of illness, this can help protect their health," explained the head of government. 

Yulia Tymoshenko also informed that the second item is the purchase of the drug Tamiflu. "We have to buy enough Tamiflu to supply all those who could potentially get sick," she said 

Thirdly, according to the Prime Minister, the country needs to buy intensive care equipment - respirators, artificial kidney machines, etc. 

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed: "This billion is the minimum needed. And if we don’t go for the minimum, then this billion isn’t even close to enough." She urged parliament to create the appropriate commission to control the use of this money. 

Before the vote for the Law "On amending the Law of Ukraine "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2009" in the plenary hall of parliament, Yulia Tymoshenko noted that each people's deputy will be held personally liable for the death of every child, pregnant woman and in general – Ukrainians, because of the country’s unpreparedness for the epidemic. 

"You will all be responsible depending on the vote. You will be responsible for every child's life, for every pregnant woman, young person, because if you read the transcript of the statements made by the head of the WHO mission, then ... if this pace of the epidemic continues, the WHO’s forecasts will become reality," explained the head of government 

According to her, based on the most optimistic forecast by the WHO, 34,000 people in Ukraine may die from the epidemic, and worst forecast – 240,000 people. 

Yulia Tymoshenko at the same time stressed: "To help us prepare for the potential second and third waves of the pandemic that the WHO is talking about, we need not one billion, but billions, tens of billions." 

The Prime Minister has once again said that the President deliberately waited 15 days to make a decision on the law and then vetoed it "for one reason only - because if the epidemic gets worse, he will be able to declare a state of emergency…and remain President for at least another six months." 

However, the Verkhovna Rada failed to override the veto of the Law "On amending the Law of Ukraine "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2009" which would provide all hospitals with essential drugs and equipment to diagnose the illness and counter the spread of the flu epidemic. 231 people's deputy out of the necessary 300 voted to override the veto. 

People's deputy Serhiy Sas introduced a proposal to send the Law to the profile committee for revision; 251 parliamentarians voted for this.

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