Central European Midday Report: "Leaders in Moldova and Bulgaria Advocate for Improved Healthcare Initiatives"

Central European Midday Report: "Leaders in Moldova and Bulgaria Advocate for Improved Healthcare Initiatives"

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President Maia Sandu Celebrates International Workers' Day with Medical Staff Visit:

On International Workers' Day, President Maia Sandu visited the Botanica Emergency Medical Assistance Substation in Moldova to honor the medical staff who save lives every day. According to MOLDPRES, the president acknowledged the dedication of these workers, who provide assistance even under challenging circumstances such as obstructed ambulances and disrespectful attitudes from patients and their families.

Sandu emphasized the importance of recognizing and supporting the efforts of those who work during holidays and at night, ensuring the safety and well-being of the citizens. She expressed gratitude for the often unseen heroes, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other essential workers, who keep society functioning smoothly.

"We owe our thanks to every doctor, nurse, ambulance driver, and other essential workers who work tirelessly day and night, even during holidays, to keep our society safe and healthy," Sandu stated.

President Rumen Radev Calls for Reconsideration of Private Children's Hospital in Bulgaria:

President Rumen Radev of Bulgaria urged the government to reconsider its decision to approve the construction of a private children's hospital in Sofia. The decision, made by the caretaker government, was met with surprise and criticism for prioritizing private interests over the public good.

Radev emphasized the need for state priority in healthcare, particularly in children's services, and highlighted the efforts made by previous caretaker governments to prevent the privatization of children's healthcare. The former caretaker government had secured a site and a detailed plan for the construction of a National Children's Hospital with assistance from the European Investment Bank.

Radev expressed concern that the current caretaker government is contributing to the commercialization of healthcare instead of advancing a public cause. He called on political parties and parliament to exercise their control over the caretaker government and correct the course.

The decision regarding the private hospital has sparked reactions from various organizations, including the Public Council for the creation of the National Children's Hospital and the "Danaya" Foundation. According to the Ministry of Health, the future private hospital "Mama and I" plans to offer only 40 beds for children.

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