The Bosniak National Council warned on Monday (29 June) that the health system of the northwestern city of Novi Pazar, located in the Bosniak dominant region of Sandžak, was in crisis due to the increase of new COVID-19 cases which prompted authorities to immediately send medical staff and equipment to the city hospital.
“We are all witnessing the new situation created after the numbers of infected people, critical cases and deaths had surged. Doctors and other medical professionals in the Novi Pazar hospital are fighting heroically, but they are too few to look after so many patients. The medical facilities in the city urgently want protective gear, as well as essential medical equipment for the care of patients suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms,” the Council said in a release.
An appeal for help had even been sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Bosniac authority confirmed.
Besides, it confirmed that “a large number of Turkish medical professionals” were prepared to travel to Sandžak and help curb the spread of the virus. However, such a transfer would “requires the consent and invitation from Serbia’s medical institutions and authorities, and they are not ready yet,” it added.
Novi Pazar, Sandžak’s largest municipality with 100,000 inhabitants saw an increase of 466 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Monday (29 June), the Public Health Institute in Novi Pazar reported.