TB and Pulmonary Ward Open in Doboj
Reconstructed TB and Pulmonary Ward was officially open at the Hospital “Sv. Luka” by Dragan Bogdanić, the RS Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Goran Vukmir, Head of UNDP Regional Office in Banja Luka and representatives of Doboj Hospital “Sv. Luka”.
Reconstruction of the TB and Pulmonary Deseases Department was conducted within the second phase of UNDP’s Project Strengthening of the DOTS Strategy and Improving the National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP), including Multidrug Resistant and Infection Control in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the overall investment of 200,000 BAM financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria.
The new department will provide better working conditions aligned with recommended infection control measures as well as the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO). Also, the TB diagnostics equipment worth 65,000 BAM has been provided to the TB Ward. It will improve the requirements of treatment for patients and provide better working conditions for health workers who are particularly at risk from infections.
Goran Vukmir, Head of the UNDP Regional Office in Banja Luka, recalled on recently opened TB Wards in Foča and Trebinje and emphasized the significance of new laboratory equipment and easier diagnostics for the improvement of health care in BiH.
The implementation of the Project's second phase is coordinated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, and grant sub-recipients are the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Republika Srpska, the Department of Health of the Brčko District, and the Public Health Institutes of the Federation BiH and Republika Srpska. The Red Cross and World Vision are also participating in the implementation of the project focusing on population groups highly exposed to the risk of TB.
Thanks to the activities carried out since 2007, the number of people with TB in BiH decreased by 40%. Global Fund allocated USD 20 million for the second phase of the project that will be implemented until 2015, to ensure continuing support to governmental institutions and civil society organizations in advancing treatment of TB.