SMURD project in Moldova to be extended with Romania’s assistance

The SMURD project that was initiated in Moldova last year will be extended. The issued was discussed by the health minister of Moldova and her Romanian counterpart, who paid a visit to Chisinau. In a press briefing, the ministers said they discussed the possibility of developing the SMURD-2 project that is at the implementation stage already, IPN reports.

“What we want is to strengthen the capacity of the emergency medical assistance services. We discussed the possibility of allocating financial resources for purchasing over 200 ambulances of type B and C, which are recommended by the World Health Organization,” said Minister of Health of Moldova Ruxanda Glavan.

The minister added that they analyzed the opportunities of developing the projects under implementation and of allocating money for the Emergency Medicine Institute. “We discussed the creation of an emergency admissions unit, which will be a new building constructed on the Institute’s territory. This will have three stories that will be almost 1,000 square meters in area each and will include a new surgery block and a hall for patients after surgery,” explained Ruxanda Glavan.

Romanian Minister of Health Nicolae Banicioiu expressed his wish to continue cooperating with the Moldovan medical authorities. “As regards the emergency assistance, Romania has rather good relevant experience that is recognized at European level and we are glad to share what we achieved in this area with you. I think that together we can improve a lot the management of critical patients and the treatment comfort for those who need emergency medical assistance,” he stated.

The lack of radiotherapy equipment in Moldova is a serious problem for the people suffering from oncological diseases. There is no equipment needed for planning therapy and no CT stimulator. “After the joint meeting of the Governments of Moldova and Romania, we met to put into application what we agreed there. I refer to cooperation in the oncologic sector, which is a necessity in Romania too. We are making effort to develop together all the medical capabilities and to improve the patients’ access to last-generation treatment,” stated Nicolae Banicioiu.

He voiced hope that they will be able to develop the bilateral cooperation in all the therapeutic areas that he manages, including in exchanging and training doctors and assistants.

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