Italian operational protocols for treatment of COVID-19 patients shared with Western Balkans
- 08 May 2020
Thanks to the RCC- Italian Partnership operational protocols for treatment of COVID-19 patients, aimed at medical institutions in the region, are translated to languages of Western Balkan economies and shared with the Governments for further distribution
Sarajevo/Tirana – “Italy has once again given a helping hand to the Western Balkans, and for that we are very grateful. Our Italian friends so generously shared with us their experience and operational protocols for treatment of patients infected with COVID 19. We, the RCC, had this modest task to translate these documents into all the languages of the region and share them with our partner Governments, who will make sure that relevant medical institutions receive them as soon as possible. Proud to say that we completed this task very quickly, aware that every day in the fight against the virus matters very much. This is real solidarity in action”, said Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) after the protocols, a courtesy of the Italian Government, were shared with Western Balkan Governments in their respective languages.
Having in mind the current situation in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in the Western Balkans and the country’s extensive experience in treatment of the infected patients, the Italian authorities contributed to the region’s fight against the spread of the virus by generously sharing their operating instructions aimed at COVID-19 patients.
“As well as an Italian national, I also feel like a citizen of this region, since I have been living in Sarajevo for some time already. So I cannot feel but sympathy for the citizens as well as gratitude for all the messages of support to Italy, when my country was suffering the most. Now we want to share the lessons we have learned during this struggle, the worst part of which is, luckily, behind us. These protocols result from the experience of our medical workers who were face-to-face with the virus and I’m sure they will greatly help their colleagues across the Balkans. We are stronger together against the pandemics,” said Nicola Minasi, Ambassador of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
These protocols include all the basic information for healthcare professionals who are or will be involved in the treatment of people infected with the Covid-19 virus. The operating instructions were the result of the cooperation of infectious disease specialists, pulmonologists, internists, intensivists, emergency specialists, hygienists, and other medical experts who spent the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemics at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo.
The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), upon kind request of the Embassy of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, has ensured translation of the protocols into the languages of the Western Balkan economies and distributed them to the Governments across the region to be further shared with their respective medical institutions.
Italy is one of the nations worst hit by the global coronavirus pandemics, but medical staff and the Government are giving their best to overcome the situation and help others in the fight against the corona virus. These operating instructions are the result of collaborative work of infectious disease specialists, pulmonologists, internists, intensivists, emergency specialists, hygienists, and other medical experts who spent the first most difficult phase of the COVID-19 pandemics at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo.