The Ambassadors of the Peace Implementation Council (PIC), the Governing Board (SB) and the Board of Directors (BP) consisting of the Council of Europe, the European Union, EUFOR, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Sweden and Switzerland, and the Nations United in BiH – concluded that the current situation with COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina is deteriorating, causing a major strain in the healthcare system. Unfortunately, the number of cases and deaths with COVID-19 continues to rise.
“People’s stress and anxiety are completely understandable. In this regard, it is useful to recall the joint call of the Presidency of BiH on March 25, 2020 for all citizens to fully comply with epidemiological guidelines, measures and recommendations so that every citizen can act responsibly regarding their safety and for the safety of their community. A coherent and coordinated public and socio-economic health response across the country would maximize the impact of the measures and help control transmission, alleviate pressure on the health care system and ultimately save lives by support the economy. “This is as important as the safe delivery of vaccines,” he said in a press release.
It added that while the responsibility for tackling the pandemic should be with the authorities, the International Community in BiH is supporting all efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and help BiH alleviate the situation. In particular, the International Community commends the efforts and continued commitment of all medical staff in BiH to control COVID-19.
“What we all need now is stability and unity. We urge political actors to refrain from accusations and politicize the vaccine issue. As vaccines begin to arrive in the country, the support and advocacy of political authorities in distributing and receiving available vaccines will be essential. This should go hand in hand with other public and social health measures and no one should be left behind. The virus is poisoning bodies. “Do not allow inflammatory rhetoric to poison the minds,” the joint statement said.
Finally, it was said that the International Community is committed to working with Bosnia and Herzegovina to help protect the health, safety and well-being of the people and will continue to support all vital efforts in this regard. “Hopefully, together we will overcome this catastrophe as soon as possible,” the joint statement concluded.