College of Applied Health Sciences in Ćuprija welcomed the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabicć at their Students` Day Solemn Academy. The ceremony was also attended by a number of State Secretaries, MPs and other representatives of state institutions.
After the ceremonial opening of the pharmaceutical block, multimedia classrooms, computer laboratories and the server room the Prime Minister and the director of the College of Applied Health Sciences in Ćuprija, PhD Christos Alexopoulos addressed the gathered guests and students.
After announcing future plans, the Director stated that College of Applied Health Sciences is a state accredited school that takes care of the education of future and current health workers who are heroes and the pillars of our health system. He emphasized the cooperation with the Serbian Nursing Chamber and trade unions, in accordance with the European directives.
`As a state educational institution, we have a moral task to take care of the education of health workers from this part of Serbia. I would like to thank the director of the hospital in Vranje, Dragan Veličković, and especially the deputy Slaviša Bulatović, by whose engagement we carry out the project of opening secondary education units in Vranje and Kraljevo.` said Mr Alexopoulos.
After the speech, the Director presented a gift to the Prime Minister, her portrait by the academic painter Srećko Zdravković. For such a gesture, the Prime Minister did not remain indifferent. With a smile, she addressed the students, congratulated the Students’ Day. She said that the Government invests a lot in health care, as well as in the strengthening of domestic enterprises, stating that the priorities of the Government of Serbia are the construction of a knowledge-based society and the improvement of the healthcare system of Serbia.
As she stated, after the Clinical Center Niš was completed, a reconstruction of the Belgrade KC should start in May, and improvements are also planned in the clinical centres of Vojvodina and Kragujevac.
The reconstruction and equipping of seven clinics, including Tiršova and the construction of Tiršova 2, are underway, the Prime Minister said.
“Because of all this, we need to have the young medical personnel and new generations of doctors, as well as health workers in general, nurses and technicians. That’s why schools like College of Applied Health Sciences in Ćuprija are important,” she said.
She added that the state will work to improve infrastructure conditions, as well as to purchase equipment and provide adequate salaries. “We need to keep our young medical staff in Serbia,” Brnabić said.
The school also promoted their expert-informative journal Medical Worker and the free IT literacy program for citizens.
Within the celebration of the Students Day, several accompanying cultural and humanitarian manifestations were organized. The Student humanitarian bazaar collected funds for the home for serious and severely ill persons under development within the Monastery of St. Petka in Izvor, near Paraćin.