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COVID-19: Italy’s support to the countries of the Western Balkans

Italy has provided the Western Balkan countries with guidelines and protocols for the treatment of patients infected by COVID-19 virus.

At the request of the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Regional Cooperation Council provided a translation of the protocols into the local languages and sent them to governments throughout the region, which will then submit them to the relevant health institutions.

The Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Albanian Majlinda Bregu, said: “Within the Regional Cooperation Council we have had the modest task of translating these documents into all the languages of the Region and delivering them to our partners, i.e. the Governments, who will ensure that the competent health institutions receive these protocols as soon as possible. I am pleased to say that we have carried out this task very quickly, aware that every day is extremely important in the fight against the virus”.

Given the current situation in the fight against COVID-19 in the Western Balkans, as well as Italy’s extensive experience in the treatment of patients infected by the virus, the Italian authorities have generously made available their operational instructions for the treatment of patients. The protocols include basic information for healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of infected persons. These operational guidelines are the result of the collaboration of infectious disease specialists, pulmonologists, internists, intensivists, emergency medical specialists, hygienists and other medical professionals who have successfully overcome the worst period of the pandemic at the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo.