Tegeltija and WHO delegation on the health sector reform

Tegeltija and WHO delegation on the health sector reform

SARAJEVO, May 4 (FENA) – Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija said that BiH and the World Health Organization (WHO) will sign a new two-year cooperation agreement today.

After a meeting with the Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Hans Kluge, which was also attended by the Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska Radovan Višković and the Prime Minister of the Federation of BiH Fadil Novalić, Chairman Tegeltija noted that this cooperation has lasted for 20 years, within which WHO provides BiH with opportunities to acquire the knowledge of treatment.

He confirmed, however, that the focus of the talks was on the coronavirus pandemic and that there was talk about what the health sector should look like after the pandemic, because this crisis showed us that it was not functioning very well everywhere in the world, and this is just one of the possible pandemics to come.

Tegeltija also said that BiH is now in a race between the process of vaccination of the population and emergence of new strains of the virus. Although WHO has promoted the COVAX mechanism for the procurement of vaccines, it has been going slow. However, a significant arrival of vaccines has been announced for the second quarter of this year and that is good news.

He expressed hope that the American vaccine Moderna as well as vaccines from Chinese manufacturers will soon be in COVAX’s portfolio, because then a larger number of vaccines would be available.

BiH CoM Chairman reminded that out of 1,230,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines paid by BiH, only 50,000 arrived, and another 100,000 doses are expected to arrive next week, which is less than 10 percent of what was expected.

When it comes to health care reform in BiH, Tegeltija stressed that there was talk of it in the sense that emphasis will have to be placed on the mental health of the population, which has been exhausted by numerous restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.