Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday the country was grateful for the medical staff "torments" in the so-called COVID hospitals, and that those times would be remembered as their "days of glory and feat," the FoNet news agency reported.
Besides the praise, Vucic promised them higher wages and better work conditions at the reception for some of the medical staff who fought against the coronavirus epidemic.
"On top of applause, admiration and gratitude, what else can we give you? Much better working conditions, higher salaries, safety and better hospitals. And not even then could we say we repaid the debt, but only reduced it," Vucic said.
He added the state had already done a lot for the health system recently, but "that is not enough, and we'll invest more money and efforts to improve it."
"The ten percent increase in the medical staff wages is just the beginning. Before the end of the year, we'll improve the situation to the extent that you won't have to look for a job abroad," Vucic promised, adding the state would improve hygiene in hospitals and conditions for those who cared about it.