Kosovo Office: 20 healthcare workers prevented from entering Kosovo

Direktor kancelarije za KiM, Marko Đurić
FOTO: Kancelarija za KiM

A group of 20 doctors and nurses were prevented from entering the territory of Kosovo through Merdare crossing from central Serbia as per the decision of Pristina, the Kosovo Office announced yesterday.

The Kosovo Office said that the healthcare workers were prevented from entering Kosovo “under the pretense that they do not have Kosovo work permits,” even though they were „born in Kosovo and spent most of their lives there“.

The Kosovo Office requested intervention from the international community.

In the meantime, KoSSev tried to get in touch with the spokesman of the Kosovo Ministry of Health, Faik Hoti regarding the allegations of the Kosovo Office. However, no answer arrived prior to the news been published.

The announcement of the Kosovo Office comes after last month’s conversation between the Serbian and Kosovo Ministers of Health, Zlatibor Loncar, and Arben Vitia, as well as several statements by Belgrade officials, who welcomed and underlined the importance of cooperation to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Recently, the Belgrade and Pristina liaison officer, Dejan Pavicevic announced that a doctor and a nurse were detained at Jarinje border crossing for several hours, and then in Pec/Peja later on, that an ambulance had been detained at the same crossing. Pavicevic also revealed that many similar situations occurred in the past.

Pristina doctors want to go to Presevo

On the other hand, doctors from Pristina want to go to Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja.

As Pristina media previously reported, the President of the Trade Union Federation of Health of Kosovo, Blerim Syla approached the acting Kosovo Prime Minister, Albin Kurti and the Ministers of Health, Arben Vitia and Foreign Affairs, Glauk Konjufca to allow a team of healthcare workers from Kosovo to visit Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja to get acquainted with the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic from the field.

According to the statement, published by Pristina-based Koha, the request was sent after they realized that healthcare workers from Serbia were allowed to enter the territory of Kosovo and monitor the situation in the Serb-majority areas. They asked the representatives of the Kosovo government to get in touch with the Ministry of Health of Serbia, but also not to politicize their request and the entire situation.

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