Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers intends to appoint Deputy Health Minister Ulana Suprun as acting health minister.
"At present, we should support the changes in the leadership of the Health Ministry. If the government backs this, and I think it will, on August 1 we will nominate Ulana Suprun as acting health minister," Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
The prime minister said that he expects Suprun to present a concept of a healthcare reform at the next meeting of the Cabinet. According to him, the country needs a healthcare reform badly.
Groysman also said that special attention should be paid to the training of and proper salaries for doctors.
On July 12, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with a doctor, volunteer, director of humanitarian initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress, Ulana Suprun, and asked her to become deputy minister of health of Ukraine.
On July 22, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers appointed Suprun deputy health minister.
Suprun is an American of Ukrainian descent. Since the fall of 2013, she has lived in Ukraine. During the events of the Revolution of National Dignity, she worked in a medical service. In 2014 she headed the humanitarian initiatives of the Ukrainian World Congress.
In 2014 she founded the Patriot Defense organisation, which holds training for first aid treatment and provides Ukrainian servicemen with improved NATO-standard individual first aid kits.
On July 11, 2015, Poroshenko granted Ukrainian citizenship to Ulana and her husband Mark Suprun.
Earlier in July, officers of Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office detained Deputy Health Minister Roman Vasylyshyn for bribe-taking. Vasylyshyn was suspended from his office.