Wednesday, September 16, 2009

President Yushchenko commented on birth and death rates in Ukraine

Every month Ukraine loses 71 thousand citizens, but 39-40 thousand children are born, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko declared during the working meeting with industrials and entrepreneurs. At the same time he noted that since January 2009, demographic situation in Ukraine has got better, in particular, average birth rate has increased by 6% and death rate has slightly decreased. . In 2008 Ukraine had 513,997 newborns, which was 37,672 more than in 2007. In Poltava region the rate of mortality exceeds twice the rate of birth. According to the President, the main causes of death are heart and vascular system diseases. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Ukraine. About 57 % of men and 10% of women are current smokers. Presidet Victor Yushchenko noted poor diagnostics, low level of preventive measures and treatment of these diseases. According to the Head of the State, cancer takes the second place among diseases in Ukraine. The President pointed out grave situation with tuberculosis; in some regions sickness rate reaches epidemic threshold. One more urgent problem in Ukraine, according to Yushchenko, is AIDS. The population of Ukraine decreased by 229000 persons during 2008. In January 2009 a little more than 46000000 persons lived in the country. In 1992 the total population of Ukraine was estimated to be 52,000,000 persons.