We visited Hospital in Pirot on April 13th, 2021 and met with Dr. Goran Petrović, urologist and Director of the Hospital and Dr. Marija Milošević-Antić, rheumatologist. It was an opportunity to better understand the situation and the needs of health providers in this part of eastern Serbia.
The Hospital in Pirot covers the region of almost 90000 people spread across pretty large area and covering municipalities of Pirot, Bela Palanka and Dimitrovgrad among others. The hospital itself employs over 120 doctors, and it was built in early 80s. Since then very little was invested in maintenance – very typical for many hospitals in Serbia. Thankfully, Dr. Petrović and his team were able to secure funds to start the first phase of hospital renovation, and the work has already started. They hope that the hospital will be fully renovated over the next 3-5 years.
In the mean time, they still need to provide necessary health care to local population. They are currently woking in the Covid mode, and hope that over the next period they will be able to establish diagnostic center at the hospital. They have equipment for digital mammography and hope that they will get MRI and scanner. They are established program for cervix cancer screening and are starting program for breast cancer screening and colonoscopy.
We discussed how SAMA can help, and focused on two areas to begin:
- Help replace mattresses in the hospital, some of them are in very bad shape as can be witnessed from the attached photos
- Education: Dr. Petrović was very vocal and supportive of organizing potential seminars at the hospital. They have experience in organizing such seminars, and nice amphitheater that can host it.
We plan to organize fundraising for this project in Q2 or Q3 of 2021 and donate the new mattresses with covers hopefully by the end of Q3 to the hospital.
Dr. Goran Petrović walked us through the Hospital
The first phase of hospital renovation has started with replacing hospital roof. It will take 3-5 years to complete the renovation.
The hospital staff is working hard to provide best possible health care to population, however, it was evident throughout the hospital that kitchens, toilets, furniture in patient rooms are in desperate need of renovation.
Some toilets were recently renovated but there are many that still need to be done. Hopefully, that will be done as part of the last renovation phase.
We decided to focus on replacing the mattresses, the existing ones are in pretty old and in pretty bad shape. In addition, new mattresses will provide immediate benefit to patients!
Hospital has nice amphitheater that can be used for lectures
In 2014 and 2016, the Hospital organized school of surgical urology. Doctors sitting in the amphitheater could observe procedure being performed in the operating room, and ask questions.