Monday, April 18, 2005

Serb health workers, patients encouraged to return to Kosovo hospitals

Announcer] Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force] and University of Pristina Hospitals and Clinics [QKU] officials have introduced a project to integrate Serb health workers and patients into these clinics. Kfor Commander Ives De Kermabon visited the clinics today as part of the project implementation.

[Reporter] Medicine should be at the service of all citizens and have a multi-ethnic nature, Kfor Commander Ives De Kermabon said during a visit to the university hospitals and clinics. He said that a physician's role is to help whenever and wherever he is needed, because a doctor belongs to everyone.

[Ives De Kermabon speaking in French with superimposed Albanian translation] It would be a great step forward if these physicians who have close ties to the Kosovo Protection Corps and Kfor can implement the project to bring back Serb medical personnel and patients. Therefore, I am determined to support the project so that Serbs can work alongside their fellow Albanians and bring patients into the University Hospitals and Clinics.

[Reporter] The QKU executive director, Fadil Beka, said the Kfor commander had informed him of the support Kfor has provided in transport and supplies for numerous QKU wards.

[Fadil Beka] One of the Health Ministry's projects, as well as a strategy of QKU and the Centre of Telemedicine is to integrate the entire health system through information technology. This will be another step towards the integration of all health structures that currently exist in Kosova [Kosovo].

[Reporter] Beka said that QKU has minorities in its midst but no Serbs. He said they are investigating concrete forms of integrating the Serb minority.

Source: KohaVision TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1700 gmt 18 Apr 05

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