Ukrainians receive first medicines against botulism since 2014

2017/7/5 18:02:47

A shipment of the required medicine against botulism was delivered to Ukraine today. First 25 schemes to form the essential stock of the antitoxin produced in Canada were provided by the United Nations Development Program. UNDP supported the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and provided antitoxin against botulism worth 2.5 mln Hryvnia as humanitarian aid.


From the UN Development Programme, July 4, 2017


Over the last months, Ukraine faced an outbreak of botulism - 76 cases recorded since the beginning of the year, 8 of them fatal. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine faced a serious challenge fighting the current outbreak, as there are no botulism antitoxins registered in Ukraine since 2014. Moreover, there was no budget funding allocated for procurement of this kind.


International organizations were asked to help resolve the issue. The United Nations Development Program reacted and expressed readiness to provide a humanitarian response.


The antitoxin, which is produced only by a few manufacturers around the world, was sourced by UNDP within the shortest possible period. High-quality medicine manufactured in Canada arrived to airport in Kyiv today, from where it is being transferred to the specialized warehouse of the Ministry of Health.


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