Brand New Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic to be Constructed

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the renovation of part of the current Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic will begin at some point in 2022, and the construction of a new, modular building with additional insulation units is also planned. The new Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic complex will cover 15,000 square metres and will be completed within a four to five year period, Vecernji list reported recently.

Every cloud has a silver lining and every evil brings with it, in some sense, some good. On those tracks, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has helped very much to raise people’s general awareness of the importance of the Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic (Dr. Fran Mihaljevic), a pavilion-type institution founded way back in 1893, which today is the central institution in the fight against the novel coronavirus. On the hill on the corner of Mirogojska and Rockefellerova in Zagreb, the construction of a modern clinic for patients infected with the most severe infections is planned.

“There are big plans for the construction of a new, modern hospital, the realisation of which, according to the programme study, will take about four to five years. It should have up to 15 thousand square metres of surface, and a significant increase in the capacity of the clinic itself is planned. Through the National Reconstruction and Development Fund and partly through the World Bank, we’ve secured the funds to build a modern new Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic for both adults and children in the central part of the clinic. The value of this stands at about 350 million kuna for the central building, which would consist entirely of insulation units and would contain the largest part of the clinic for both adults and children, an intensive care unit, and a radiology department,” explained prof. Alemka Markotic, the director of this well known Zagreb clinic.

Some old existing buildings will have to undergo major renovations and the project will go slower also because two major earthquakes which struck Central Croatia and Zagreb back in 2020 have occupied all capacities in the construction profession.

While all of the preparatory works are being carried out for the new Zagreb Infectious Disease Clinic, the project involving renovations is already underway and one complete building is being renovated, also with funds from European Union (EU) funds. The value is 50 million kuna.

“The project documentation is in the final phase and the renovation of the building will begin at the end of next spring,” announced prof. Markotic. As part of the project, the clinic will carry out the reconstruction and equipping of Pavilion II, within the hospital complex, for the needs of a day hospital, and thus contribute to improving the availability and effectiveness of treatment.

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