Skopje, 4 September 2021 (MIA) — Some of the oldest outpatient clinics in Skopje — including ones in Avtokomanda, Butel, Gjorche Petrov, Karposh, Novo Lisiche, and Vlae — will be replaced by new, energy-efficient modular healthcare facilities, which will provide better working conditions for doctors and improve outpatient flow in line with the latest Covid-19 standards, according to Minister of Health Venko Filipche.
During his visit to the Butel outpatient clinic construction site on Saturday, Minister Filipche said healthcare services would be uninterrupted during construction works.
“We have provided space for all doctors who needed a doctor’s office so there’s no downtime,” he said. “They were very pleased that for the first time in so many years they would work in completely modern conditions.”
According to Filipche, the new healthcare building in Butel will be configured for a better controlled patient pathway, which will prevent crowding and reduce wait times. It will also house a laboratory.
Asked about why modular facilities were being built, Filipche said traditionally built healthcare buildings would take a very long time and would be “much more expensive than this.”
The modular solution has already been used for modular covid wards in the country and proved successful, he said.
Also, according to the health minister, the ten new outpatient clinics are being built on shorter time scales so citizens don’t wait any longer for better access to healthcare.
“The model is fast and efficient. There is no other way for ten buildings to be built in less than seven or eight months. Citizens can no longer wait and it’s not fair for them to wait for something they deserve to have.” mr/