On the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers August 29, Prime-minister Nikolay Azarov 'pushed through' a draft decree to acquire 280 million hryvnias (35 mln USD) of medical supplies at the request of the Ministry of Emergencies. The draft was introduced by the head of the State Reserve Oleksii Leliuk.
ZN.UA, citing its sources, reports that the decree on allocating funds was adopted without any discussion and without coordination with related ministries. Moreover, all items proposed for acquiring are already in the State Reserve in full volume and have not been sought once.
The Minister of Emergencies Viktor Baloga said he is surprised to hear about such request with his signature on it.
Three weeks ago the sources in the Cabinet of Ministers reported that the government is planning a massive buying of a wide list of medical valuables in the amount of 280 million hryvnias (prices of 2010). The buying was initiated by the Ministry of Emergencies - the letter regarding the necessity to fill up the State Reserve was signed by Viktor Baloga.
The letter stated that "in the past years the world has been threatened by the outebreaks of dangerous infectious deceases which (by scale and consequence) match emergencies. However, the State Reserve does not provide a necessary volume of medical means supply".
The Ministry proposed to create the following stock of medical means: respiratory systems for infants - 3,000 units; ET tube sets - 20,000 units; oxygen masks - 43,000 units; sterile latex gloves - 500,000 pairs; medical thermometers - 142,000 units; infusion sets - 2.5 mln units; disposable syringes (2 ml) - 3 mln units; disposable syringes (5 ml) - 5 mln units; disposable syringes (10 ml) - 800,000 units; disposable syringes (20 ml) - 220,000 units; medical gauze - 12.8 mln meters; non-sterile gauze bandage - 40 mln units; non-sterile medical cotton wool - 750 tons; disposable medical masks - 25 mln units; catheters for trachea sanation - 40,000 units.
The Minister appealed to Prime-minister Azarov requesting his support in the above mentioned initiative.
After the government's instruction, only one Ministry agreed the draft with no remarks. The Ministry of Economics signed it with remarks, and the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health refused to agree the draft.
The Ministry of Finances explained that there are no funds and the Ministry of Health stated that all items proposed for aquiring by the Ministry of Emergencies are already in the State reserve in full volume and have not been sought once.
As the result, Baloga had to withdraw the letter in Azarov's name and his single agreement of the draft.
Nevertheless, on August 29 at the Cabinet's session Azarov put the question to vote and the document was accepted without discussion or agreement by the related Ministries.