In response to warnings by doctors about safety equipment on Twitter, Prime Minister Janez Jansa today claimed that they were doing everything in their power to provide them with the equipment.
“It doesn't take a day for at least one major shipment to arrive. Unfortunately, certain items with the highest level of security are simply not available anywhere,” Janša explained on Twitter. In February, when there was enough on the market, no one was buying, according to Janša.
He responded today to a mid-tweet from Young Doctors of Slovenia, which warned that health professionals did not consent to work without adequate protective equipment, even during the epidemic of the new coronavirus. “It's not about caprice. It's about the lives of healthcare professionals and our patients,” they stated. On Wednesday, medical organizations called on the government jointly to provide healthcare workers with adequate protective equipment in a timely manner.
Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Economy Aleš Cantarutti said at a press conference this morning that stocks of protective equipment in Slovenia should be sufficient in the next week. However, new supplies are underway, Slovenian companies have already established or are already setting up production, so he believes that long-term protective equipment will be sufficient.
According to the Commander of the Civil Protection Srečko Šestana The materials in the inventory are distributed based on criteria prepared by the Ministry of Health. Thus, they provide protective equipment for hospitals, health centers, nursing homes, pharmacies and dental clinics. At the same time, 30 percent of the equipment is earmarked for other needs, such as critical infrastructure, security services, prisons, funeral companies, taxi drivers and others.
Civil Protection has 7500 protective overalls, 26,000 medical masks, 790,000 surgical masks and 100,000 IIR masks and 7,700,000 gloves.
In recent days, however, donations of protective equipment to combat the epidemic have also occurred. Thanks to donations of protective medical equipment and appliances, Slovenia also helps the Chinese owner of Velenje's Gorenje Hisense. A larger shipment of protective and medical equipment is already on its way to Slovenia. Hisense will also donate an artificial respiration apparatus to Slovenia, and will also offer his government real estate and vehicles for free, should this prove necessary.
The University Clinical Center (UKC) Ljubljana reported via Twitter that Sinergise has provided five monitors that are critical to the control and care of critically ill patients. Two have already been taken over at the Infection Clinic, three will be delivered shortly. Such donations are an excellent technical and moral incentive for both employees and patients, they added.
Shell Adria, a Slovenian subsidiary of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, has donated two artificial respiration devices to UKC Ljubljana.