COVID-19 has claimed eleven lives from the ranks of nurses in Albania. Their commitment to fighting the pandemic was commemorated today during an activity organized on International Nurses Day.
Prime Minister Edi Rama, heath minister Ogerta Manastirliu, and the US and EU ambassadors praised the contribution given by nurses despite the challenges encountered.
PM Rama said that one of the priorities of his government will be to accord special financial assistance to the families of those fallen during the pandemic battle.
“The first decision of the new government will be dedicated to those who we can truly call ‘Children of the Republic’, men and women that served citizens and the state and fell while on duty, and their children will not be left alone. The state will take care of them until they reach adulthood”, said PM Rama.
Health Minister Manastirliu honored the eleven nurses that passed away after contracting the coronavirus. She described them as “a major loss for the entire health system” and emphasized that the difficult situation witnessed in the first weeks of March was only overcome through the colossal input and commitment of the staff.
The US Ambassador to Albania, Yuri Kim, praised the commitment of nurses, referring to them as “heroes” and “an inspiration for all”. The Ambassador reiterated that the United States has donated $4 billion to COVAX in order to support countries like Albania to overcome the pandemic and guaranteed that the US will stand beside Albania “until there’s light at the end of the tunnel”.
The head of the EU delegation to Albania, Luigi Soreca, praised the entire medical personnel and nurses. He said that they persevered regardless of the work overload at a time when the country needed them the most. Ambassador Soreca asserted that the EU is assisting Albania to improve workplaces and increase capacities while recalling that the EU has supported Albania with €10 million for COVID-19 vaccines.