"10% pay raise for medical workers, two crisis groups; 1008 respirators" VIDEO
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has announced a 10 percent pay raise for all health care workers.Source: B92
He said the increase comes in line with the pressure healthcare professionals are facing.
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"Srbija se danas nalazi u izuzetno složenoj situaciji. Ceo svet se nalazi u kompleksnoj situaciji. Ovo je globalna nesreća. Sve to govori o krizi sa kojom se suočavamo i koju ćemo morati da prebrodimo u mesecima koji su pred nama. Ono što građane najviše brine jeste zdravlje. Mi smo se pripremali u prethodnim godinama, kroz obnove klinika, bolnica, zdravstvenih ustanova. Mnogo smo novca uložili i napravili boljim nego što je to bio slučaj ranije i spremnije smo dočekali ove teške izazove nego najveći broj zemalja. Imamo 1.008 respiratora danas, za 20 dana imaćemo još 500 respiratora. Imamo svega dovoljno. Važna nam je vaša podrška. Molim vas da verujete svojoj državi i zajedno sa vama ćemo se boriti i izboriti za našu Srbiju." - Predsednik Republike Srbije Aleksandar Vučić u obraćanju naciji u živom prenosu sa televiziji RTS|1.
Vucic also stressed that the situation in Serbia is not simple.
"Serbia is in a complex situation, like the whole world, for the first time in decades. We have the simultaneous impact of a severe contagion that has hit the whole world, including our country."
Vucic said the seriousness of the situation is shown by the fact that for the first time we have a ban on flights from Europe to the USA.
The President emphasized that the most important concern for citizens is health.
"We have been more prepared to meet these challenges than many developed countries. It won’t get any easier in the days to come. We will have more cases and will lose some of them just as we lost some to the seasonal flu, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. We can only get through that if we are united and show solidarity,” he said.
According to him, two crisis groups will be formed, one for the medical aspects of the pandemic and the other to deal with the economic consequences
"Prime Minister Ana Brnabic will be at the head of the first task group, and Minister Loncar and other doctors will be at the helm. I, and Minister Sinisa Mali and Serbian Chamber of Commerce Director Marko Cadez, will head the second group," Vucic said.
He also promised the payment of one-time assistance to pensioners of at least RSD 4,000, which will be paid between April 1 and 4. Vucic said that Serbia has 1.008 respirators, which is three times more than we had in 2009, and that more respirators are being purchased.
He said that the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Belgrade and some of the units of the clinical centers in Novi Sad and Nis, respectively, would be assigned solely for admitting coronavirus patients.