People queuing for hours to be tested for coronavirus

Hours and hours of waiting in front of Covid clinics all over Serbia have reopened the question of how can the authorities fight the coronavirus more efficiently, but so far they seem to have no new solutions.

Private health institutions are excluded from testing and treatment, there is no talk of opening new clinics, and the Omicron strain, the most contagious strain of the virus so far, is creating enormous pressure on the national health system.

Yesterday’s record, when more than 13,000 people were infected, is only a demystification of the state’s fight against the coronavirus. The government’s Crisis Response Team has not met for a very long time, and even when it does, no definite decision is made, so it is not surprising that people are waiting up to nine hours in line for a test, and even healthy people are getting sick.

One of the solutions could be to open new Covid clinics and involve private health institutions in the fight against the disease, but the government does not seem to want to do that.

Andjela Gavrilovic, from the United against Covid Association, says it would be necessary to engage the private medical sector to relieve the state health centres.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, free phone lines should have been opened and unemployed doctors and senior medical students should have been hired to provide initial support to people. Considering that the complete coronavirus-related examination at a private medical facility costs between 15,000 and 20,000 dinars (PCR, laboratory tests, specialist examination), it would have been prudent for the national healthy insurance fund to cover some costs and thus allow private medical facilities to intervene and help state health facilities and hospitals where we have a shortage of personnel,” says Gavrilovic.

She also underlines that less serious patients could be assisted online and adds: “After being tested positive, triage nurses should separate the patients according to the severity of the clinical picture in order to determine which ones are candidates for further laboratory tests. Treatment could be determined online so that the patients, with mild symptoms, do not have to wait several times for the same service. But the Crisis Response Team has decided to keep their head in the sand”.

(Nova, 13.01.2021)

Photo credits: “Goran Srdanov/”


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