President Stevo Pendarovski made a video call Wednesday to the staff of the Skopje-based Clinic for Infectious Diseases and discussed with them the current situation at the hospital, the number of hospitalized patients and their condition, as well as hospital capacities.
“Your dedication to performing tasks in a professional manner during the healthcare crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak helps us be calm and confident. I encourage you to keep up this pace and take care of patients so they can recover and return to their families. You have our support to keep up the fight,” President Pendarovski told the medical staff.
Clinic representatives in turn, explained how risky their job is. They underlined that the clinic has sufficient supplies and that the staff follows all WHO recommendations.
President Pendarovski pointed out that healthcare workers deserve credit for being on the front lines in the fight against the dangerous virus, but they said that risks are part of their occupation.
Participants discussed during the video conference the challenges healthcare workers face, the pressure they are under, and the support they receive from their families. Pendarovski called on hospital staff to upkeep professional standards and take care of themselves and their patients. He thanked them for their efforts, commitment, and bravery they’ve demonstrated in the line of duty.
President Pendarovski and Infectious Diseases Clinic staff called on citizens to respect measures and recommendations, as this is the only way to overcome the crisis.
Pendarovski spoke with the director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic Dr. Milena Stevanovic, with the organizational director Mirjana Pehcevska Popilieva, with Dr. Ilir Demiri, with Dr. Ljubica Micunovic, anesthesiologist, and Marina Hristova, nurse at the Infectious Diseases Clinic.