The European Union will allocate 8.5 million euros for the construction of clinics for infectious diseases and dermatovenerology within the Clinical Centre of Montenegro. This was announced by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Mr Aivo Orav, who handed in the Letter of Intent for their construction to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Mr Duško Marković. The funds, provided from IPA funds, are planned for the construction, supervision of works, equipping and formal opening of the two clinics.
“As before the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union remains Montenegro's closest partner and largest donor, including for the public health reform. I am pleased to be able to share with you today the good news that the EU intends to allocate 8.5 million euros for the construction of the clinic for infectious diseases, as well as the clinic for dermatovenerology in Podgorica. This health crisis has shown that investments in and modernization of public health sectors across Europe are a necessity. The citizens of the European Union stand by Montenegro with this important donation, which is a part of a larger package of EU assistance, in the amount of 53 million euros, for mitigation of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic ", Ambassador Orav said.
Prime Minister Duško Marković thanked the European Union for this particular, but also for the overall support and assistance the EU provided to Montenegro in its fight against coronavirus.
“These clinics will be a testimony of the difficult time we went through together, but also of our solidarity, which was manifested through this assistance. We will additionally improve and modernize our health capacities with the money donated to the National Coordination Body by our citizens and businessmen. All these facilities will be a testimony of our unity, but also of the responsible attitude of the institutions during this extremely difficult health crisis,” Prime Minister Marković said.
The donations made to the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases and the funds of the Government of Montenegro will be used for the construction of the Clinic for Mental Diseases and for the reconstruction of the space of the former Oncology Clinic for the needs of the Centre for Haematology. The value of these works is 8.7 million euros. Part of the funds from the donations to the National Coordination Body will be directed to support the three so-called "Covid hospitals”, in Berane, Nikšić and Bar, for procurement of additional equipment.