The Bosnia-Herzegovina Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the Serbian authorities refused the offer of aid for the city of Novi Pazar where the local hospital is reported to be having problems coping with a large number of new coronavirus infections have been reported.
The BiH Foreign Ministry said it had received a reply from the Serbian authorities thanking it for the offer and adding that the health care system, including the hospital in Novi Pazar, fully meet the needs of patients. “Serbia is thankful for the offered help from BiH institutions and states that the capacities of the Serbian health care system, including the General Hospital in Novi Pazar fully meet the needs of patients which includes sufficient amounts of medical equipment and medical staff,” a diplomatic note from the Serbian Foreign Ministry to the BiH Embassy in Belgrade said.
A group of 22 doctors and nurses from across Serbia arrived in Novi Pazar on Wednesday to help staff at the local hospital.
N1 learned in Sarajevo that the BiH Red Cross will form a team of two doctors and five nurses who will go to Novi Pazar.
Novi Pazar hospital coordinator Mirsad Djerlek said earlier on Wednesday that the hospital has sufficient supplies but still needs medical staff. Bosnia-Herzegovina offered Serbia aid after BiH Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovvic said aid would be sent to the Sandzak region in Serbia which has a large Bosniak population.