“Neither the Health Ministry nor epidemiologists limited the duration of visits to your sick children,” Beroš told a group of parents who had said on Facebook they were protesting because the duration of visits to their sick children was limited to 15 minutes.
The minister said that the national COVID-19 crisis management team and epidemiologists had decided that the parents of sick children being treated in Croatian hospitals and health facilities must meet epidemiological requirements as all other visitors, which means they need to have an EU COVID certificate as proof that they have been vaccinated, have recovered from coronavirus or have been tested for COVID-19.
The organization, time, and duration of visits to sick children, the minister said, is organized by each institution in accordance with its organizational and spatial possibilities, and they are required to inform the parents.
“I understand the dissatisfaction of parents… and I will always stand by them as a doctor, minister, and parent, but I cannot accept the way in which they are expressing their protest,” the health minister said.
According to media reports, about a dozen of citizens gathered outside the health minister’s home at about 7 pm, at the invitation of a religious education teacher from Križevci, Ivan Pokupac, via Facebook.
In the post, Pokupec said that every day they would visit the home address of one member of the crisis management team for 15 minutes.
Pokupec also wrote that last year parents had been allowed to stay with their children in hospital for 15 minutes, but this time with an additional condition – an EU digital COVID certificate.
He said there was no scientific, epidemiological, or moral argument for this and that the additional requirement served to force the concerned parents to get vaccinated.
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