28.04.2021. - 16:39
Groundbreaking for the new covid hospital in Novi Sad
President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić stated today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new covid hospital in Novi Sad, that this hospital will be of great importance for the entire province and will strengthen the capacities of Novi Sad and the whole of Vojvodina.
President Vučić expressed the belief that the hospital will be built within the announced deadline i.e. by September 1, and pointed out that he was particularly proud of the hospitals that have been built or are being built throughout Serbia.
"I am proud of the hospitals we have built and are still building in Serbia. It is a huge amount of money that we invest. We would have been in total collapse if we had not had a hospital in Batajnica, and later on in Kruševac as well. We were able to do that thanks to hard-working builders. This is of great significance for all people living in Vojvodina and the pride of all of us," said President Vučić and added that the covid hospital in Novi Sad will have 624 beds and three main facilities - diagnostic centre, intensive and semi-intensive care units.
He pointed out that the whole of Vojvodina now has 170 beds in intensive care, while there will be 220 of them in the new hospital alone, which is 56 per cent of the total capacities of intensive care in the entire province.
"It shows how important the construction of hospitals is, how important it is for people who live in Novi Sad, the province. For us, it is one of the successes," concluded President Vučić.
The facility on Mišeluk, the site where the new hospital will be built, will be fully used to treat patients with the virus and moderate to severe clinical image. After the coronavirus is defeated, the facility will be turned into the City Hospital, where Novi Sad residents will be treated, but also residents of numerous neighbouring municipalities, including the whole of Vojvodina.
Speaking about the importance of building a covid hospital, the Mayor of Novi Sad, Miloš Vučević, said that it was immeasurable.
"They used to close our factories, but now nothing is the same. This is a guarantee that we will have new investments because without health we have nothing," Vučević said. He pointed out that the City of Novi Sad will do all to complete the works on time, saying that the rebirth of the entire Mišeluk will follow with the covid hospital, which, as he pointed out, will be one of the most attractive locations for life in the entire city of Novi Sad.
The President of the Provincial Government, Igor Mirović, said that a large procurement of diagnostic equipment started six years ago and that AP Vojvodina entered the fight against the coronavirus somewhat more prepared in relation to other regions.
"From here, only three kilometres away, new blocks are being built at the Institutes in Sremska Kamenica, and with the construction of this covid hospital alone, the number of intensive care facilities in Vojvodina will be doubled," said Mirović, emphasising that this hospital will be ready to receive the first patients within the given deadlines.
Ministers Zlatibor Lončar and Nebojša Stefanović, as well as the Provincial Secretary for health, Zoran Gojković, also attended the beginning of the construction of the new covid hospital in Novi Sad.