The AP published a photo report from Ukraine, which currently belongs to the countries with the highest number of covid deaths per capita. The agency’s reporters spoke with doctor Olexandro Molčan, who works at a hospital in the town of Kakhovka and whose normal change usually takes up to 42 hours.
He will spend 24 of these hours in the hospital and then another 18 hours in tents in front of her, where 120 more beds have been created for patients with covid-19.
Ukraine recorded the highest daily increase in the number of covid-related victims so far on Tuesday, when 838 patients died.
Vaccination is progressing slowly throughout Eastern Europe, but Ukraine is one of the least vaccinated in the region. And due to the underfunded health system, the situation in the country is deteriorating every day.
Deaths with covid per 100,000 inhabitants. Source – New York Times
Doctor: It’s like working in line
“We are trying to put out the fire again. It’s as if we were working at the front, but our strength and abilities are limited, “says 32-year-old Molčanov. When his exhausting change is over, he goes home to rest and sleep for two days. Then he comes back to help the sick.
“The situation is getting worse. Hospital beds are running low, patients are becoming more and more serious, and we also have a shortage of doctors and medical staff, ”he adds. There are 120 beds in the tents in front of the hospital, 87 of them are occupied and more patients are constantly increasing. Molčanov is one of three doctors who take care of patients.
The lack of hospitals, especially in small towns, is also a problem. People often have to travel very far for healthcare. And if a patient has such a serious problem that he has to call an ambulance, he may wait for up to eight hours.
Choice of Pfizer, Astra and Sinovac
Ukrainians can choose between vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac. However, only 21 percent of the country’s 41 million people are fully vaccinated.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health, 97 percent of patients were not vaccinated.
President Volodymyr Zelensky promised each fully vaccinated Ukrainian 1,000 hryvnia (about $ 38), but fears of vaccination remain in the country. This is despite the fact that doctors emphasize how highly vaccines are highly effective in preventing deaths and hospitalizations.
He believes in the most absurd rumors
One of the patients who ended up connected to oxygen on the bed in the tent in front of the hospital is Olexandr Kymanov, who refused to be vaccinated. According to him, the vaccine is “unnecessary” and “people get infected and get sick” anyway.
According to doctors, various rumors of vaccines are spreading in the country, such as containing chips or infertility, leading to an increase in infections and victims.
“People believe in the most absurd rumors. Even older people from risk groups largely refuse vaccination, which is very dangerous and, in addition, it increases the strain on doctors, “says doctor Olexandr Molčanov. “People trust their neighbors more than doctors.”