European Union donates medical equipment to Tuzla and Doboj

The European Union continues to supply hospitals across Bosnia and Herzegovina with personal protective equipment in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuzla University Clinical Centre and the Tuzla Canton Public Health Institute today received medical equipment including a PCR machine and considerable quantities of personal protective equipment worth BAM 164,000. The delivery was received by the Tuzla Canton Minister of Health Dajana Čolić, Director of the Tuzla University Clinical Centre Professor Vahid Jusufović and epidemiologist at the Tuzla Canton Public Health Institute Dr. Jasmina Džambić Brkić.

“Today we received a highly valuable PCR machine, as well as protective equipment that arrived just in time due to the heightened demand resulting from the increased number of hospitalized patients,” said Professor Vahid Jusufović. According to the plan of the Tuzla Canton Public Health Institute, the protective equipment will be distributed to all medical institutions in the Canton.

Stefano Donati, Head of the Banja Luka Regional Office of the European Union Delegation to BiH handed over today a digital portable X-ray machine to the St. Apostle Luke Hospital in Doboj. The donation is worth BAM 140,000, and on behalf of the hospital, the delivery was received by the hospital Director, Mladen Gajić, and radiologist Dr. Nebojša Radojčić. Dr. Radojčić noted the new machine would speed up work and make the job of radiologists easier, as well as provide better aid citizens as its image quality was better than that of the current analogue machines.

Head of the Banja Luka Regional Office Stefano Donati said: “The city of Doboj is a special symbol to us. The European Union was with the citizens of Doboj when the 2014 floods struck, and we are with you again. This X-ray machine is only part of the assistance that the EU provided so far not only to Doboj, but to other medical institutions across BiH. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we supplied considerable quantities of personal protective equipment across BiH, in order to help healthcare staff and citizens fight COVID-19. Equipment donated in the Republika Srpska is worth over BAM 3.4 million”.

By the end of this week, personal protective equipment will also be supplied to medical institutions in Mostar, Zenica, Banja Luka, Brčko, and Orašje. The equipment is part of the EU’s medical assistance to BiH worth EUR 7 million for fight against the pandemic, and has been distributed across the country since March 2020. It has been procured in line with EU public procurement standards within a project implemented by UNDP BiH.