Republic of Srpska President Talks to Expert Group Members on Development of Therapeutic Protocols and Guidelines for Treatment of Hospital Patients Infected with COVID-19

22/04/2020

The President of the Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanović, spoke today in the Palace of the Republic with members of the Expert Group for the Development of Therapeutic Protocols and Guidelines for the Treatment of Hospital Patients Infected with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

During the meeting, at which members of the expert group briefed President Cvijanović on the current health and epidemiological situation in the Republic of Srpska, as well as on the recommendations and guidelines for the treatment of patients infected with COVID-19, it was assessed that the Republic of Srpska institutions timely adopted and undertook all pertinent and adequate measures to protect the lives and preserve the health of citizens.

President Cvijanović emphasised at the occasion that the healthcare sector in the Republic of Srpska was timely prepared and ready to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and expressed her gratitude to healthcare workers for their daily sacrifice and contribution they make in the effort to preserve the health of Srpska’s citizens.

The Expert Group for the Development of Therapeutic Protocols and Guidelines for the Treatment of Hospital Patients Infected with COVID-19 was formed on 26 March 2020 on basis of a decision adopted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Srpska, with the aim of standardising treatment of all patients infected with COVID-19 in the Republic of Srpska, and reviewing and analysing international practices and experience.

The team analysing and making recommendations on how and with what means to treat patients infected with the novel coronarvirus in the Republic of Srpska includes the Dean of the Banja Luka Faculty of Medicine and clinical pharmacology specialist Ranko Škrbić, infectious diseases specialist Antonija Verhaz, intensive care subspecialist Pedja Kovačević, clinical microbiology specialist Maja Travar, clinical pharmacology specialist Tijana Kovačević, clinical informaticist and critical care specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota Ognjen Gajic, infectious disease and clinical pharmacology specialist Miomir Pelemiš of the Belgrade Faculty of Medicine, radiology specialist Saša Vujnović, and the Republic of Srpska Institute of Public Health epidemiologist Jela Aćimović.