President Viktor Yanukovych took part in the opening of Kirovohrad Regional Perinatal Center, which is the first such facility opened in the framework of the New Life national project, initiated by the President, according to the Press office of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Congratulating those present on the event, the President called it an important step of the national healthcare reform. "This is a very important event not only for the Kirovohrad region, but also for the whole of Ukraine," he said.

Protection of mother and child is one of the key priorities of healthcare reform, Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that the reform would continue gaining momentum. "If the state takes care of its people from birth, we will have a future," he said.

Viktor Yanukovych thanked the sponsors of the project in Kirovohrad. "Everywhere in Ukraine, where perinatal centers are opened, there are sponsors working side by side with civil servants and local authorities. This is an example of public-private partnership we apply during the implementation of this program," he said.