Four vans for transport of patients to dialysis treatment, whose procurement was funded by the Government of the Slovak Republic were handed over to health centres in Doboj, Maglaj, Domaljevac Samac and Samac at a ceremony held on 24 February 2015 in Sarajevo.
The 92,000 US dollars-worth donation is the assistance of the Slovak Republic to the recovery of flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is implemented through the UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas”. It will assist some 120 patients in all four locations.
“The financial resources for the donation came from the envelope which Slovakia pledged for BiH at the Donor conference last year in Brussels,” said H.E. Jan Psenica, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to BiH. “We are convinced that this is a very good project that will help patients in need in four municipalities. I am therefore pleased to say that Slovak taxpayer money has been spent usefully, effectively and transparently”.
“This is particularly important since we are talking about dialysis patients, and during the floods there were no borders between entities when it came to providing health services to them. This may be the best way to return the favour to health centres - directors and doctors - who have continuously maintained services,” said Goran Cerkez, Assistant Minister of Health of Federation of BiH.
The UN Agencies have engaged with local authorities and donors to overcome the severe consequences of floods and revitalize living conditions. “We are working to restore essential services to citizens who suffered during the floods, and that includes health facilities. To date, we have supported about 17 health centres. This donation will provide much needed transport for all dialysis patients to receive their therapy,” said Zahira Virani, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in BiH.
Emira Drnda Ciceklic, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Mario Pranjic and Dragan Ilincic, directors of health centres, expressed their gratitude to the Government of the Slovak Republic and the UNDP for providing more comfortable and faster access to dialysis treatment.