Tuberculosis Control Ward Opened and Establishment of Oncology Ward in Travnik Announced
Continuation of successful cooperation between the Government of Central Bosnia Canton and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The Cost Sharing Agreement on reconstruction of Oncology Ward in Travnik was signed by Tahir Lendo, Prime Minister of Central Bosnia Canton and Armin Sirčo, UNDP Senior Coordinator and Social Inclusion and Democratic Governance Sector Leader. The reconstruction will be financed by the Cantonal Government and implemented by the UNDP by the end of 2013, enabling establishment of the Oncology Ward.
The Tuberculosis Control Ward was also officially open in the Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis in Travnik. The reconstruction of the TB Ward in the amount of BAM 240,000.00 was financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and implemented by the UNDP Project “Strengthening of DOTS Strategy and Improving National Tuberculosis Programme, including Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis and Infection Control”.
Armin Sirčo, UNDP Senior Coordinator and Social Inclusion and Democratic Governance Sector Leader, emphasized that today’s events mark the continuation of successful cooperation between UNDP and the Canton Government, which had started with education and training organized for Travnik TB laboratory professionals and the reconstruction of the laboratory in March this year. “The reconstruction of the Oncology Ward is planned to finish by the end of the year. Moreover, using the funds provided by the Global Fund, UNDP will deliver laboratory equipment to the Hospital by the end of the year, which will allow for both improved quality of patient treatments and timely diagnosis”, he added.
Nikola Grubešić, Minister of Health and Social Policy of Central Bosnia Canton stated: “This is the largest health project in the Central Bosnia Canton during this Government’s mandate. Few months ago I was here for the opening of the TB laboratory and made the promise that investments will continue. Today I confirm that promise. The reconstructed Ward will ensure appropriate conditions for both the patients and hospital staff.”
The reconstructed Tuberculosis Control Ward will ensure improved treatment of patients in accordance with recommended tuberculosis control measures and World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines.
Thanks to funding of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), UNDP is implementing reconstruction of TB control wards in Brčko, Trebinje, Foča, Travnik, Doboj and Bihać in 2013, and ensured their compliance with international recommendations. In addition, UNDP ensures procurement of the necessary anti-tuberculosis drugs in order to make this segment of medical care free of charge for all patients.
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