Dutch embassy contributes to new intensive care unit in Skopje

A new intensive care unit at the State University Hospital in Skopje has been opened by Macedonian health minister Bujar Osmani and the Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia, Simone Filippini. The Dutch Embassy in Skopje had helped organise a fundraising campaign for the new unit. The opening ceremony was also attended by the president of the National Transplant Foundation, Dr Vladimir Čadikovski.

Donations for the new clinic from Macedonian businesses and individuals and the Dutch embassy totalled 2,644,383 Macedonian dinars (equivalent to 47,500 euros). Three beds, with a value of 370,000 dinars (6,000 euros), were also donated.

The clinic can now apply for accreditation to the International Paediatric Transplant Association, to perform complex paediatric transplants, such as liver transplants. In the future, many operations that are now performed abroad, and paid for by patients’ families and national health insurance, will be carried out in Macedonia instead.

The action was also intended to jumpstart the process of Macedonia’s becoming a full member of the European transplantation community and gaining access to international organ donation databases.