In Ukraine, there is a need to increase at least 5.5-fold the number of seats in the hospices, president of the National Academy of Medicine Sciences Andriy Serdiuk said within the framework of the First National Congress on Palliative Care, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The peculiarity of modern demographic situation in Ukraine is extremely high mortality and the rapid aging of the population," the doctor said.

According to him, there is increasing number of patients and the percentage of deaths from incurable diseases, which are accompanied by chronic pain.
Serdiuk said that such people need long-term care, symptomatic treatment and psychological support. "There is a growing need for palliative care," he said, and added that among people aged 60-65 - 2.7% are in need of such care and among those who are 80 years more - 25%.
Physician said that if the statistics includes relatives who are caring for palliative patients, the figure will become 2 million people, that is annually 4% of the population needs such medical care.
He also said that today in Ukraine there are more than 20 hospices, but they provide only 800 seats. "It's a minuscule number. The minimum required - 4.5 thousand beds," the physician said.

The President insists it is necessary to work out a modern and effective system of palliative care in Ukraine. In addition, the state should create a system to provide these patients with narcotic analgesics. "It should be implemented by the state enterprises. Only in this case it will be possible to ensure the proper medical use of these drugs and control over it," Serdiuk summed up.



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