KOSOVO - Balancing between medical wellbeing and social welfare
After more than three months since the first registered case of COVID-19 in Kosovo, the whole health sector remains focused on dealing with the pandemic. The efforts to deal with the pandemic have become the top priority of the Ministry of Health and other relevant health institutions engagement in the Kosovo health sector. Kosovo, like all other countries has had to fight on two fronts: the public health side and the economic and social disruptions. Elaborating a Manual for the citizen on how to behave during the pandemic was thought to be useful in mitigating the consequences.
Kosovo has moved from a large scale lockdown of its economy and a quarantine method in many parts of the country, to a scaled opening up of its economy and public life. Accordingly, the MoH has calibrated the Manual for the prevention and combating COVID-19, in order for the opening up not to escalate into an overwhelming number of new infections.
Through this Manual, the MoH has described very specific measures to be used in sectors and buildings like: healthcare provision, public events, education, sports, shopping malls and other public locations. It also has specified under which conditions specific activities are allowed. The Manual is published online and on paper in three languages: Albanian, Serbian, and English, to make it accessible to everybody.
The Manual was supported by the Health Sector Support Programme in Kosovo (Phase II), KSV/017, in order to help the MoH in fulfilling its duties related to the pandemic, and in playing its role as the steward of health sector in Kosovo. During this period, the project team worked tirelessly to support the MOH and healthcare institutions, in facing this worldwide challenge.
KSV/017 is funded by the Luxembourg development cooperation and implemented by LuxDev.
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