The implementation of the action "Safe blood for critically ill children" at the children’s clinic OKHMATDET" will allow making the screening of donated blood by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) mandatory and at the cost of the state budget next year, Children's Ombudsman Yuri Pavlenko told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The problem is not the financing, but running such diagnostics for the first time. There is a problem with the purchase (of reagents - Ed.), as the prices are not registered and there is no relevant decree of the Healthcare Ministry. However, the Ministry is actively working on it, and I'm sure that the manufacturers of these agents also support the initiative of the state and of the board of trustees of the OKHMATDET to register the prices. This will allow making diagnostics mandatory and for the budget’s cost the next year," Pavlenko said.

According to him, the initiator of the action this year plans to raise 790 thousand UAH, which will allow testing 13 thousand blood donors. To date, 100 thousand UAH from philanthropists have been received.

As reported by the board of trustees of the OKHMATDET, important reagents for the screening of donated blood by PCR method will be procured for the collected funds.

"This method identifies unsafe and often fatal infections in donor blood, such as hepatitis B, C, and cytomegalovirus infection in the early stages, which complicates the treatment of seriously ill children and especially oncology patients," the statement reads.

Pavlenko said that President Viktor Yanukovych supports this action.

"President supports this charity event. I'm sure many other people will join it. All the reagents, necessary for testing the donated blood, will be purchased. We will remove this burden from the parents of sick children," the children's ombudsman said.


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