“It was necessary to form teams and organise their work, but also to secure equipment needed for the treatment of patients in critical condition,” describes Doctor Maida Mulić, one of the leading experts at the Tuzla Public Health Institute, and a member of the Cantonal Crisis Staff, in recalling one of the early assignment of the Cantonal Crisis Staff.
Early months of the fight against the coronavirus were marked by great uncertainty, fear, high mortality rate and a lack of additional resources, explains Doctor Mulić.
The Public Health Institute took part in planning and facilitating hospital capacities, setting up quarantine and providing support to primary health care institutions.
Today, we seemingly know far more about the virus; yet, healthcare professionals are aware of the many challenges ahead, as is society as a whole.
“Problems are numerous: insufficient and exhausted staff, delays in the execution of public procurement, lack of tests, delays in the implementation of immunisation programmes, lack of oxygen at the time of greatest need, resistance of citizens when it comes to compliance with orders and measures,” said Doctor Mulić.