Tag: filipce
Macedonia 02.12.20 | 12:34

Filipce expects the first batch of coronavirus vaccines early next year

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce said that coronavirus vaccines should be made available in the early months of 2021, but that it is still not clear when and to what extent. Filipce said that he expects about 400,000 doses, delivered at once or in stages. We sent a letter to Covax (WHO) and we are awaiting...

Macedonia 26.11.20 | 17:35

Filipce joins Sekerinska as lone voices of support for Zaev

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce joined Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska as two voices of support for Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his new, extremely conciliatory position on Bulgaria. The two stand against much of the ruling SDSM party, especially its “urban wing” they both belong to,...

Macedonia 24.11.20 | 18:54

Healthcare Minister says he will investigate the Bitola hospital after images show Covid-19 patients being treated next to bodies of the deceased

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce said that he will investigate the horrific images shared from the Bitola hospital today, where coronavirus patients were shown being treated lying in beds next to unclaimed bodies of deceased patients, covered only in a sheet. Hospital director Biljana Gagacovska insisted...

Macedonia 21.11.20 | 11:33

State of crisis officially declared, first moves aimed at the three best private hospitals in Skopje

The Macedonian Government declared a state of crisis on the entire territory of the country, for the next 30 days, in order to better manage the spiraling coronavirus crisis. One of the first orders is to have privately owned hospitals managed by the Government. Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce yesterday...

Macedonia 16.11.20 | 14:54

“Minister Filipce was informed about the lack of oxygen in the Stip Covid center”

Healthcare inspectors are investigating the Stip hospital after a large number of Covid-19 deaths allegedly due to lack of basic necessities such as oxygen bottles. The death of a 41 year old mother shocked the country and sparked the investigation, and local opposition member of Parliament Ivan Jordanov...

Macedonia 06.11.20 | 15:17

Coronavirus situation grows ever more serious – another clinic prepared to admit Covid-19 patients

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce warned the public that the coronavirus situation is now extremely serious, with the continued increase of the infection and mortality rates. Filipce said that the number of deaths over the past week increased by 46 percent compared to the week before. What was an exceptionally...

Macedonia 04.11.20 | 11:37

More clinics in Skopje being prepared to receive Covid-19 patients

Clinics in the large Mother Teresa medical center in Skopje are preparing to begin admitting Covid-19 patients, as room in the two clinics used for this purpose so far is running out. Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce said that 150 hospital beds are prepared across the center and staff is being trained...

Macedonia 03.11.20 | 10:50

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce tweets a bizarre video as Macedonia faces record number of Covid-19 deaths

On Monday evening, as Macedonia registered record 21 Covid-19 deaths, Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce thought it’s a good time to tweet out a bizarre, deeply politicized video. It tries to lay the blame for the epidemic on opposition officials, posting several instances when they were not wearing...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 15:50

Minister Filipce confirms that Government officials were fast-tracked for free coronavirus tests

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce confirmed that Government officials who required coronavirus testing were fast-tracked in the public sector, even as hundreds of citizens are being denied free tests. Filipce confirmed this in response to a journalist question, that came after Interior Minister Oliver...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 09:42

Testing centers will begin selling donated 15 minute coronavirus tests

The Healthcare Ministry will begin to distribute 13,000 coronavirus tests that can determine the presence of the virus in just 15 minutes. The tests were donated but will reportedly be charged a 1,000 denars per piece. These are quick tests using the latest technology. They will be used when there are...

Macedonia 30.10.20 | 22:00

“The PR centered approach is no longer working”

With the newly record setting 934 infections, 420 of them in Skopje alone, it is clear that the PR approach to the epidemic is not working, said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski in a message to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce. You insist that the situation is under...

Macedonia 29.10.20 | 16:37

Public healthcare managers try to find enough rooms and doctors for the growing number of Covid-19 patients

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce said that the “8th of September” hospital and clinics in the “Mother Teresa” center in Skopje are repurposing wards for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The Infectious Diseases Clinic, which is part of the large “Mother Teresa”...

Macedonia 28.10.20 | 23:12

SDSM delayed major healthcare investments and now blames the opposition

After public outcry, the Government was forced to give up on its proposal to ban gatherings at home with more than four visitors. The Government withdrew its proposal to ban family gatherings after the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party objected. The Parliament Healthcare Committee was reviewing the draconian...

Macedonia 28.10.20 | 20:37

Government withdraws its proposed ban on home gatherings

The Government withdrew its proposal to ban family gatherings with more than four visitors, after the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party objected to the proposal. The Parliament Healthcare Committee was reviewing the draconian proposal from Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce today, in a debate that descended...

Macedonia 26.10.20 | 21:52

Filipce assures the public that he is not planning new curfews

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce assured the public that at the moment there is no intention to re-introduce evening curfews. Macedonia is struggling with a major spike of coronavirus deaths and new cases, with the onset of colder weather. Filipce insisted that there are no plans in place to lock the...

Macedonia 26.10.20 | 18:09

After feuding with the opposition, Minister Filipce now asks for its votes

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce called on the opposition to support the adoption of a law proposed by the Government that would mandate the wearing of masks even when alone in the open, and would ban family gatherings with more than four guests. The radical proposal, which Interior Minister Spasovski...

Macedonia 25.10.20 | 11:27

VMRO-DPMNE: Filipce and the Government are six months late with their corona proposals

The Government is now making the same coronavirus proposals we made in March, and were ignored, said the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party after the Healthcare Ministry announced it will begin rotating doctors and nurses in the infectious diseases departments and mobilizing retired doctors and medical students. These...

Macedonia 19.10.20 | 14:45

New corona restrictions are the final step before reintroducing the curfew, Government warns

Even as the Parliament prepares to debate the strict new mask and home gathering mandates, Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce proposed other restrictions that can be ordered at the Government level. These include closing all shops at 23h, limiting public transportation to 50 percent of its capacity and...

Macedonia 12.10.20 | 10:29

VMRO calls on Healthcare Minister Filipce to resign over his handling of the epidemic

VMRO-DPMNE called on Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce to resign after his mishandling of the coronavirus epidemic and its politization. The call comes as Macedonia faces a major spike in newly diagnosed Covid-19 cases. Data from the Healthcare Ministry showed nearly 400 new cases for each of the past...

Macedonia 10.10.20 | 13:59

Tired with poor treatment and the burden of the epidemic, two doctors quit infectious diseases departments in Skopje

After losing three nurses who decided to quit their jobs, the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Skopje has now lost a doctor who is moving to a private hospital. The head of the infectious diseases department of the 8th of September hospital in Skopje also resigned and is taking an offer in the private sector. Healthcare...

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