Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia

Engagement of the Serbian Armed Forces during a state of emergency

Based on the decision on the introduction of a state of emergency throughout the territory of Serbia, declared by the President of the Republic and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces, Aleksandar Vučić, the Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, and the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilović, issued decisions and orders from their jurisdiction to engage the members of the Serbian Armed Forces in providing support to civilian authorities in preventing the spread of Covid-19 - said Major Milan Gujanica, spokesman for the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces.

- Members of the Serbian Armed Forces are engaged in securing and controlling public facilities, major hospitals and border crossings in order to assist the competent state authorities in controlling the border crossing and in securing reception and asylum centres - said Major Gujanica.

He stressed that the Serbian Armed Forces have established a temporary hospital to accommodate persons with a mild clinical presentation of Covid-19 disease at the Belgrade Fair, where 3,000 beds have been provided.

- Temporary hospitals were set up at the Novi Sad Fair and in the Čair Hall in Niš, and the Military Medical Centre in Karaburma was also transformed into a temporary hospital with 100 beds, with full oxygen supply - said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces, adding that the Military Hospital in Novi Sad is ready for the admission and treatment of 100 seriously ill patients, and the retired doctors of this institution, who responded to the call of their armed forces, will provide assistance in the treatment.

- Members of the Serbian Armed Forces are already working on the establishment of temporary hospitals in the "Ranko Žeravica" Sports Hall in New Belgrade and in the "Aleksandar Nikolić" Hall, and will be engaged in setting up a temporary hospital in the Belgrade Arena, said Major Gujanica.

According to him, the Serbian Armed Forces are providing accommodation, food and external security in health care facilities for our citizens coming from abroad in Morović, Subotica and Letenci near Novi Sad, and are securing 11 more health care facilities.

- Members of the Serbian Armed Forces are also securing 17 reception and asylum centres and 149 social institutions for adults and the elderly. Serbian Armed Forces are currently securing 18 border crossings and 40 health centres in 20 cities in Serbia - Major Gujanica said.
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