ZAGREB, 2 January, 2021 – Health Minister Vili Beros said on Saturday the ministry’s task was to reorganise healthcare in the wider area hit by Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, adding that it was necessary to adjust to the new circumstances and transfer patients to hospitals in Zagreb to “receive the adequate assistance.”
Speaking to the press while visiting the Sisak General Hospital, which sustained extensive damage, Beros thanked its staff for receiving 32 patients and conducting over 90 checkups since the tremor.
Petrinja hospital temporarily unusable
The minister said “unfortunately… the building of the hospital in Petrinja is temporarily unusable and can’t be made functional quickly in any way.”
He said enough rapid antigen tests for coronavirus had arrived in the quake-struck area. “Over 1,500 vaccine doses have been ensured. Given that new doses are arriving on a weekly basis, it’s certain that we will adapt to the new conditions and that as many doses as necessary will be reallocated for this county.”
Beros said he did not expect everyone there to be vaccinated but that he would appeal that as many people as possible did to prevent the epidemic from spreading. He added that it took three to four weeks to acquire immunity, underlining the importance of vaccinating people as soon as possible.
Emergency medical aid containers set up
The minister said containers for emergency medical aid were set up in Petrinja because the local hospital was demolished.
“We are adapting to the circumstances. The ministry has instructed all health centres and family doctors to adapt to the new circumstances,” he said, adding that medicines would be delivered to people with chronic diseases who lost their homes.
The director of the Petrinja hospital, Tomislav Dujmenovic, asked the contractors building a new hospital building to resume their work as soon as possible, saying the new building would solve all their problems.