Belgrade, August 26, 2021 - Five fully equipped ambulances are on their way to Serbian healthcare institutions to help them respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to be prepared to better face future health crises. The five ambulances bring the total number of ambulances the United States has provided to Serbia to 11. The donations are through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “Together Against Covid” partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In June, U.S. Ambassador Anthony F. Godfrey handed over six ambulances to Serbian Minister of Health Zlatibor Lončar.
Valued at approximately $525,000, the ambulances comprise one part of the $1 million Together Against COVID partnership between USAID and UNDP to support health and social care facilities in Serbia. Thus far, the United States has provided Serbia with approximately $5 million in COVID assistance.
The new ambulances were dispatched for delivery to Primary Health Care Centers in Ljig, Merošina, Jagodina and Veliko Gradište, as well as the General Hospital in Loznica.
„We are in dire need of a new vehicle, since several our ambulances were destroyed in a recent fire, and we had to borrow vehicles from neighboring municipalities”, stated Doctor Milan Todorovic, Director of the General Hospital in Loznica. Previous recipients of ambulances funded by the United States are the primary healthcare centers in Bogatić, Kraljevo, Vranje and Svrljig, as well as the general hospital in Jagodina and the Special Hospital for Nonspecific Lung Diseases in Sokobanja.