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Ukrainian Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko has said Ukraine plans to revise educational curricula in medical schools, considering the possibility of renewing the training of professionals in the epidemiology of infectious diseases

The official told RBC Ukraine news agency in an interview the pandemic had become an impetus for such training in other countries.

"The coronavirus exposed all existing problems in the system of anti-epidemic protection not only in Ukraine, but also in all countries of the European Union and the rest of the world. All ministers say that, once we overcome the coronavirus epidemic, everyone will return to planning and training the necessary number of professionals in the anti-epidemic profile, including virologists," he said.

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According to Liashko, new specialties could be added to educational institutions this year.

"Medical prevention departments, which were engaged in the training of sanitary-epidemiological experts, were liquidated in most medical schools. Therefore, the recovery process is underway. We definitely won't be able to complete training of virologists within two-three months. They should gain full higher education. Now we are talking about virology being taught not only in medical universities, but also in biological universities," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, educational institutions will remain on lockdown at the current stage of quarantine easing, set to be reopened from September 1.

Acting Education Minister Lubomyra Mandziy said the academic year would end in remote mode.