The Health Ministry and the Institute for Public Health of North Macedonia have opened the new Center for Epidemic Preparedness. The Center will provide centralized information in real-time, monitoring the situation, reporting, and providing advice about how to act in events and emergency situations related to public health. The need for this center was imposed by the COVID-19 epidemic.

“Also, the Center will improve the monitoring and coordination between the epidemiologists, the laboratory personnel, and the public health experts from the ten Centers for Public Health and their 21 regional branches in North Macedonia,” says  Health Ministry’s press release.

In times of epidemic outbreaks, the Center will work non-stop i.e 24/7, 365 days in a year.

Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s Regional Director for Europe said that this new Center is a pioneering effort about how the WHO can, in partnership with the authorized national organs, strengthen health safety and collect more information that is relevant for the public health. These are necessary not only for the fight with the current pandemic but for all future emergency situation that might happen.