The Serbian government singed an agreement with the European Union and United Nations to finance the salaries of 200 doctors, nurses and other medical staff as well as hospitals and laboratories over the next six months.
The agreement, worth a million Euro, was signed at the request of the Serbian Health Ministry by European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic, EU delegation chief Sem Fabrizi aand UNOPS Serbia chief Michela Telatin in the presence of Batut Public Health Institute CEO Verica Jovanovic, the EU Info Center said.
Fabrizi told the signing ceremony that the agreement is another sign of strong EU support to Serbia during the coronavirus pandemic. He recalled that the EU has provided significant aid to Serbia during the pandemic. “We are showing concrete solidarity with Serbia once more in partnership with the health sector and UNOPS,” Fabrizi said.
Jokimovic said that the important thing now is to reinforce the country’s medical capabilities because medical staff are under huge pressure. She said that the Health Ministry requested financial aid from the EU to engage medical teams on short-term contracts to help where they are needed. “The million Euro will be used to engage some 200 people for medical teams which will have a doctor two nursing staff and an administration assistant,” she said.
According to Dr Jovanovic, the aid will help upgrade diagnostics during the coronavirus pandemic.
The EU has earmarked 93 million Euro in aid for Serbia’s medical system and economy since the pandemic started and has donated large quantities of medical equipment.