Minister Vulin: We are grateful to civilian healthcare service for helping the Serbian Armed Forces
Defence minister Aleksandar Vulin and chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilović, accompanied by Lieutenant General Milosav Simović, Army commander, visited the Vranje Health Centre today, where they met with management and doctors of the institution.
The occasion of today’s meeting was the awarding of the plaques of the Ministry of Defence and the plaques of the Serbian Armed Forces to the most important health care institution in Vranje, in gratitude for the assistance provided in the care of injured members of the Serbian Armed Forces who suffered the traffic accident on 25th July this year when the bus owned by a private motor carrier overturned in the area of Pržar in the vicinity of that city.
- When it was difficult for us and when we had an accident in which members of the 21st Battalion were injured they were there with us. But not only on that day and not just on that occasion. We are here today to thank the hard-working and dedicated people who have always been there for their country and for their military and because we know that we can count on assistance of the civilian healthcare service whenever needed. The Serbian Armed Forces is not an alienated part of this country, but a part of everyday life of every citizen of Serbia. Just as we are here for the civilian authorities and every citizen of our country, so is our civilian healthcare service and we wish to thank them in this way – minister Vulin said.
The director of the Vranje Health Centre, Dr Ljiljana Antić, emphasised that it was an extraordinary honour for her to receive a plaque of the Ministry of Defence from minister Vulin on behalf of the Centre she leads.
- The accident that happened this summer showed how well healthcare professionals are prepared to respond in every situation, professionally, responsibly and humanely to any problem posed to them. We have once again shown good cooperation with the Serbian Armed Forces and a friendly relationship that is very significant even in peacetime circumstances and, as we also remember, during the 1999 NATO aggression. I think that we are very important and that we are an outpost of joint life of citizenship in the south of Serbia – Dr Antić said.
Commander of the 21st Signal Battalion, Major Ljubiša Pajić thanked all members of the Vranje Health Centre who provided assistance to the injured members of the Serbian Armed Forces and stated that all members of the Serbian Armed Forces, who were on the bus that day, are well performing their regular tasks.
In gratitude for the successful cooperation, chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilović, handed over the plaque of the Serbian Armed Forces to the Vranje Health Centre, which was received by the director Dr Jadranka Janović, and to the Vranje General Hospital, which was received by the head of the Emergency Services Department Dr Ljubiša Stojiljković on behalf of the director.
Vranje Health Centre was also visited by deputy commander of the Joint Operations Command, Major General Ilija Todorov, and commander of the 4th Army Brigade, Brigadier General Slobodan Stopa.