Entrance to the Western Ukrainian regions is restricted due to the coronavirus. Photo: Yuri Valko, Galka
<p>In addition to Kiev, Western Ukraine remains the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in our country, where zarobitchans return in large numbers, some of which are infected.
A third of the nearly thousand cases of coronavirus officially registered in Ukraine are in Chernivtsi (more than two hundred), Ternopol (more than a hundred) and Ivano-Frankivsk (under a hundred) regions.
Half of the 23 deaths also occur in these three areas.
They have already been closed for entry and exit – somewhere partially, somewhere, as in the Chernivtsi region, completely.
In all three areas – the most difficult situation is with the provision of physicians who massively catch the infection from patients. The local funeral homes refuse to bury the dead, and relatives are forced to do this with their own hands.
“Country” learned how the Western Ukrainian regions live during the epidemic.
Chernivtsi region. For two days banned from leaving home
Chernivtsi region was completely blocked by entry and exit; roadblocks were put up around the city. In March, several local villages were isolated in which several dozens of people were infected (as it turned out, a virus was brought to the village of Kolenkovtsy by the return of work from Italy, Elizaveta, a zarobitanka woman, who later on the lap asked forgiveness from her villagers and asked her not to burn her hut).
Despite strict measures, in Chernivtsi many still ignore quarantine.
The streets, according to locals, are empty only in the morning. Many go without masks, just walk, gather in companies. Central Park Chernivtsi them. Shevchenko is quarantined, but people with young children walk around him, several families each.
True, in the near future, the authorities announced the tightening of measures.
The governor of the region Sergey Osachuk said that from 13:00 on Saturday, April 4, to 6:00 on Monday, April 6, the regime of maximum restriction of any movement of people is introduced in the entire region. Residents are asked not to leave houses and apartments.
Osachuk urged all citizens to purchase the necessary food products for two days by 13:00 Saturday.
“The situation in the districts is somewhat more complicated than in Chernivtsi itself. According to forecasts, by Easter there will be more than a thousand patients in Bukovina. Now there are more than 200. The virus is spreading quite quickly. For example, recently there were no patients in Putilsky district (this is a backwoods, Carpathians) “And two have already become infected. My relatives live there, so they say that they are a doctor and teacher who have not been abroad recently. It turns out that somewhere else there are sick people with whom they contacted and about whom we are not we know, “- told the” Country “living in Chern Sheep Marina Korpan.
In Chernivtsi people walk freely, few people wear masks
Over the past few days, a 65-year-old woman, 58-year-old man with diabetes and 70-year-old woman, who visited her daughter in France, died of coronavirus in the region. Prior to this, in mid-March, 33-year-old Tatyana Vyshivan from the Chernivtsi region died, whose husband had recently returned from Italy (this was the second fatal case in Ukraine).
Doctors are at risk, among them there are already 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
“Many patients conceal their infection,” an ambulance doctor from Chernivtsi told “Strana” on condition of anonymity. “Two ambulance crews, arriving on occasions unrelated to coronavirus, in ordinary masks and without costumes, got into the coronavirus. Doctors saw high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and both patients were in contact (in one case, the person was in contact with a relative who returned from abroad and had similar symptoms, but in a milder form) Is it really so hard for people to tell the truth so that we prepared and don’t we put on suits? We’re going to work like a fight. There are already retired doctors who leave because they don’t want to take risks, and for such a ridiculous salary. Some take leave at their own expense. There remain enthusiasts (of which, however, there are fewer, because of frustration, including payment and terms) sincerely wanting to help people. ”
Meanwhile, in social networks, Chernivtsi are arguing violently about quarantine – some support its tightening and closure of the region, while others are against it.
“People are more likely to starve to death with our cosmic prices, which are rising every day, but there is no work, no salary. I am ashamed of our state,” Alina Maykan wrote on Instagram.
Ternopil region. Monastic “Wuhan”
Ternopil, like Chernivtsi, “surrounded” by roadblocks. Here has already appeared its Wuhan – the Monastery district, where almost 100 people fell ill. Of these, a record number are doctors of the local district hospital, more than three dozen. Among the sick there is also a baby who is only a month old.
Locals are almost sure that the coronavirus was brought by zarobitchans.
“The source was someone who returned from Europe. In March, 50-70 people returned from Poland daily. Almost no one was isolated,” the head of the local district council, Vladimir Danilyuk, tells us.
The first to fall ill was the nurse of the reception ward of the hospital, at first she was treated for the usual flu, and when the “crown” was confirmed, many of her colleagues managed to get infected.
Another source of infection is the funeral of the priest Stepan Barnovsky on March 3, which was attended by hundreds of local villagers and churchmen. One of them, the priest from Zaleshchikov Oleg Vinnitsky, also fell ill and, as doctors say, could infect hundreds of parishioners (according to another version, he was not the source of infection, but the Monastery Hospital).
One of the villagers who was at the funeral, 68-year-old Pavel died. His body was given to relatives in a bag, no one agreed to dig a grave and everyone had to deal with the family. Three days after the funeral, the coronavirus was confirmed by his daughter Olga Tutova and two grandchildren – all three are in the infectious ward of the Ternopil hospital.
“They gave us a father in a black bag. Dad was heavy, it was impossible to lift himself. Husband pulled the bag on the ground, he broke, his body fell out. It was something scary. Nobody helped to put it in the coffin, they didn’t want to dig the grave,” Tutova told us.
Her husband with the head of the village council, the mayor of the Monastery and his deputy themselves lowered the coffin with the body into the ground (a video about this went on the network).
The mayor of the Monastery, Andrei Starukh, also became infected – he says that of all the symptoms, he has only severe fatigue and not even a fever (temperature 37).
“The doctors themselves offered to be checked just in case, because I have a lot of contact with people. The test turned out to be positive. I’m sitting at home,” the Old Woman told us.
They also refused to bury the 57-year-old Nadezhda, who died on April 2, from the village of Kozov, who, as the locals say, already sick, coughing with fever, went to sell milk to Ternopol. She also worked as a nurse at a private dentist.
“Nobody wants to dig a grave or lower the coffin – even in protective suits. And even distant relatives refuse. They need to cremate the coronavirus dead, and the military should do this, and if they bury, then sprinkle bleach on the grave,” Ternopolskaya’s employee tells us. regional administration.
Meanwhile, the situation is heating up in the focus of infection – the Monastery.
An ordinary district hospital, which even before the outbreak of the “crown” was in a miserable state, naturally, cannot cope with the flow of patients.
The crumbling district hospital in the Ternopil region was at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. Photo: Stepan Borislavsky
“80 patients, of whom four are in intensive care, are severe. 14 patients are of moderate severity. There are pneumonia, left-sided, right-sided,” says Stefania Podgornaya, head physician at the Monastery Hospital.
“The doctors were given one ordinary mask a day and a pair of gloves for two days. Local authorities call the hospital exemplary, they say that we have five ventilation devices, but in fact one old and one borrowed from another hospital,” the head of the doctor tells us trade union hospital Vitaliy Trishchuk.
Local doctors recorded a video message in which they called their town “Ukrainian Wuhan” and demand help: masks of a high level of protection, coveralls, equipment, medicines (so far volunteers can help).
“We are still alive and want to live,” the doctors say.
Doctors also criticized Suprun medical reform.
“Over the years of the so-called medical reform, which is a global event to destroy practical medicine in Ukraine, we have become accustomed to cynicism on the part of the authorities. We don’t have enough personal protective equipment and diagnostics. There are sorely lacking tubes for collecting coronavirus material. And if there is no diagnosis – data on the spread of infection cannot be considered reliable, “they said.
“We are still alive and want to live,” said the doctors at the district hospital, and they need help.
Among them is an infectious disease doctor Tatyana Sivanyk at 4 months pregnant, who has another one-year-old baby.
The doctor says he is not afraid of the coronavirus.
“This is a common virus, which belongs to the group of respiratory diseases. It is no worse than the flu, which also causes severe pneumonia. Only 10% of patients who are sick with COVID-19 are older or have concomitant diseases,” she says.
Ivano-Frankivsk region. Undertakers run away from coronavirus deceased
Before entering the Ivano-Frankivsk region, as in the neighboring Ternopil and Chernivtsi regions, posts were placed with the patrol police, the National Guard and doctors, and local authorities asked not to come here until the end of quarantine.
If in the Ternopil region the district hospital became the epicenter of the virus, in the Frankivsk region it is the regional and city perinatal centers located in the neighborhood. Over the past week, two women in labor died and another 60-year-old patient with gynecological problems.
First, on March 31, the 37-year-old resident of the district Bolekhova, Galina, died. A woman was admitted to the hospital under the supervision of gynecologists on March 10 with pregnancy complications.
According to doctors, she had concomitant diseases (high blood pressure), and just a day before giving birth, she developed symptoms of a viral infection and was transferred to a special department.
Allegedly, the woman told the doctor that she was in Poland, but six months ago.
The woman gave birth to a premature baby, and she died on the second day after giving birth. It turned out that she had bilateral pneumonia caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 was not found in the child.
Relatives – a sister with brothers and brother-in-law – also buried the woman themselves. They themselves dug a hole – they hired a tractor, and the undertakers ran away from them.
The sister of the deceased Oksana Stasevich posted a video from the funeral on the Internet.
“I think she got infected with a coronavirus in the hospital. For a long time she didn’t go out, she talked with relatives only by phone. She told me that she was sitting in the corridor of the hospital because there are four more women with fever. Two women were taken and the room was sterilized after them “- Stasevich tells us.
On April 2, in the neighboring city perinatal center, another woman in labor died with suspected coronavirus, and the child was saved by cesarean section. The baby is now on a ventilator; the coronavirus test is not yet ready.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 was found in four employees of the hospital (two doctors and two midwives).
“Now everyone who is in the regional and city perinatal centers is being tested,” the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration told us.