The State sanitary service of Ukraine plans to monitor all the hospitals of Ukraine for infection safety, director of the monitoring department of the State service Viktor Lyashko told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

"Due to the administrative reform the personnel of the State Sanitary Service have been cut almost twice, and the schedules of planed and random inspections have changed. We initiate social partnership and start cooperating with public organization," he noted.

According to him, the service has already started join work on infection control. "Today we signed a memorandum on cooperation on infection control and patient safety between the State Sanitary Service and All-Ukrainian council on patients' protection and safety. Within this memorandum, the next week we launch a pilot project "Clean medicine - safe medicine" in Ternopil region. The project provides for infection monitoring in all hospitals and outpatient departments, where there are risks of infection contamination among patients," the expert said.

In turn, president of the All-Ukrainian council on patients' protection and safety Viktor Serdyuk noted that for decades of work the organization have received seven thousand of complaints, and every tenths claim concerned serious infectious disease, patients happened to be exposed  to in hospitals.
He added that in 2012 there were registered one thousand cases of infections and complications among newborns and birthing mothers. According to him, the major cause of hospital infections is dirty hands of doctors - 70% of cases.

At the same time, director of the state deparment "Center for control and monitoring of diseases of the Healthcare Ministry of Ukraine" Lubov Nekrasova added that the given statistics is not accurate, and the number of cases is bigger.

The most common infections found in hospitals are aurococcus and P. aeruginosa. The specialist noted that inspections of hospitals now happen only once a year and of outpatient departments - once in three years. According to Lyashko, obstetric hospital used to be monitored quarterly.

"For this we want to involve public organization and regional state administration to hold regular monitoring and apply necessary measures," Lyashko noted.

After the pilot project is hold in Ternopil region, the program will be launched all over Ukraine.


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