Average life interval in Ukraine by 11 years less than in Europe – Health Ministry

15:23, 28 March 2008
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And by 8 years less than in neighbor Poland

The average life interval in Ukraine is by 11 years less than in Europe, and by 8 years less than in neighbor Poland.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Health Minister of Ukraine Vassyl Knyazevych claimed this to a sitting of the Ministry’s board today.

“Particularly tragic looks the death rate of able-to-work men”, he stressed.

In the opinion of the Minister, the reason for that is “first of all, the conditions of men’s work in highly traumatic branches, such as metallurgic, chemical, along with widespread bad habits – smoking and drinking alcohol”.

Analyzing the medical-demographic situation in Ukraine, V.Knyazevych noted that “as of today, Ukrainians suffer from a combination of economical, economical, and demographic crises, which strengthen each other and do not allow improving the life quality”.

Speaking about the mortality level in Ukraine, the Minister said: “Over the last 10 years, the Ukrainian population reduced by 3 million 889 thousand people, or by 7.7%”.

According to V.Knyazevych, the biggest mortality level was recorded in the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts, the least – in the Volyn, Zakarpattya, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Rivne Oblasts.

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