Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic’s move to visit the chemo-oncology children ward on Tuesday and to take a picture with a sick child without proper protection during a flu season “carries a risk that could not be avoided,” a doctor told the talas.rs website on Wednesday.
Epidemiologist Zoran Radovanovic said it was an unreasonable decision to enter the ward where children were administrated immunosuppressive therapy since their immune system was weakened by the drugs they took making them vulnerable to infections.
Radovanovic told the website that it was not so terrible “that President entered the room he shouldn’t be in, but the worst thing was that no one dared to properly dress Vucic and prevent him from being in contact with the child.”
“Even if Vucic wore protective gear, gloves and mask, the risk would not be completely avoided. Only mothers can be by their children side since it’s psychologically important and is organised with the highest level of precaution,” Radovanovic said.
Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar told N1on Tuesday that when children with the most severe illnesses with uncertain outcome wanted to see the President and take a picture with him, the least one could do was to fulfil that wish.
Since the beginning of this year’s flu season, over 100,000 people in Serbia developed the symptoms, and at least 30 died from related complications.Loncar said this season’s flu epidemic showed signs of dying down.