At the session of the Croatian Parliament, the Croatian Minister of Health Vili Beroš noted that the Government and the competent authorities had responded in a timely and efficient manner to the special circumstances caused by COVID-19 in order to protect the health of citizens from the coronavirus epidemic. .
Presenting a report on the effects of implementing measures during the COVID-19 epidemic, Beroš listed all activities undertaken by the Government and the National Civil Protection Headquarters in the period from 11 March 2020 to 15 January 2021.
“The headquarters works in a timely manner and in accordance with the epidemiological situation, and facilitates measures when the epidemiological situation allows. The headquarters monitors the epidemiological situation every day and responds in a timely manner, alone or in coordination with the district headquarters, maintaining a flexible approach, “said the Minister of Health.
He added that Croatia introduced epidemiological measures to fight COVID-19 infection very early on, recalling that, from time to time, measures vary between counties depending on the epidemiological situation.
He also recalled that the fight against the epidemic in Croatia unfolded in two waves – the first wave in the spring of 2020 and the second with the arrival of autumn with a significant increase in the number of cases, which lasted until mid-December when the epidemiological situation began to improve.
“Today’s incidence is 119.5 newly infected in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants, which makes us the seventh most successful EU country,” Berosh said.
The Minister of Health also explained how the procurement of vaccines was organized.
“Member States have authorized the European Commission to negotiate on their behalf with vaccine manufacturers, at a time when it was not yet known who would develop the vaccine and when they would enter into pre-purchase agreements with those believed to be able to continue production. vaccines, ”he said.
Doses for EU members are distributed according to the Eurostat methodology, in solidarity and in proportion to the number of inhabitants, with Croatia having so far entered into agreements with five vaccine manufacturers in order to ensure that the vaccine is provided free of charge to all Croat citizens, he said.
“By January 15, we had reserved 6.8 million doses of the vaccine to cover our needs, keeping in mind that one patient receives two doses,” Beros said.
“I do not know what awaits us, what the new variants will bring, but so far we have responded well to the threat; “As far as I know, no one was deprived of health care,” the minister said in a parliamentary debate on the first report on measures taken from March last year to mid-January this year.
“The COVID crisis cost us a lot. I wonder how we got to this situation of filling the state budget and health, “said the minister in a question from heleljko Reiner from HDZ, stating that over 685 million kuna were spent for tests, 450 million for the treatment of patients, 115 million for the sick’s salary and so on.