#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on leadership of school located in territory controlled by Ukraine in number of violations of sanitary standards

Unpalatable food and insanitary conditions are noted in the schools of Donetsk region, which are under the control of Ukraine. The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection has revealed the information, based on the inspection results, that the region is the second highest in the country in terms of the number of violations of sanitary legislation in schools.

Violations ascertained during inspections concerned the non-compliance of drinking water to the requirements of sanitary standards and regulations on sanitary-chemical and bacteriological indices.

Such serious massive violations have arisen because the Sanitary and Epidemiological Service was abolished in order to combat bribery in Ukraine. As a result, the baby was thrown out with the bathwater. The State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection only partially assumed its functions in food surveillance. But what serious detection of violations can we talk about if officials are obliged by law to warn about an inspection in 10 days, even if it is caused by a complaint? It is surprising that even with this ‘soft’ approach, educational institutions demonstrate such a huge number of violations of sanitary norms, which means that there is a total lack of preventive system.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the number of food poisoning in kindergartens and schools has increased significantly recently.

It seems that the Ukrainian schools, in the context of the introduction of an obnoxious law on education (adding that repair works was not completed by the beginning of the school year in a number of educational establishments), as an educational and social institutions are about to be pushed to a wall with this attitude of the state. Apparently, the country does not need literate citizens. So, what kind of Ukraine’s future we can talk about then?

The situation in the educational institutions of the Donetsk People’s Republic is diametrically opposed. I can safely say this as a mother whose children go to school, as a deputy and Head of the “People’s Control”. As part of the project, we inspected educational institutions and verified that the Republican Sanitary and Epidemiological Service systematically monitors compliance with all the standards and that schoolchildren are provided with nutritious food, while younger students with a free one.

Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

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