Today is the National Day of Emergency Medical Service. Almost 4,000 emergency service workers take care of citizens every day when their lives are directly endangered, or their health is seriously impaired. That is why these days they are negotiating with the Ministry of Health regarding early retirement benefits.
In 2013, Croatian Parliament declared April 30th the National Day of Emergency Medical Service, joining several countries that are trying to sensitize the public about the importance, specifics and scope of work of the emergency medical services.
The Sisak-Moslavina County Institute of Emergency Medicine hosted central celebrations marking the National Day of Emergency Medical Services.
Ambulances are one of the major problems in Sisak-Moslavina County. Croatian Television journalist Ruža Ištuk said that at least a dozen of them are needed.
There are about 4,000 employees are in emergency medical service. They had more than a million and a half interventions last year, and they mostly save more than 200 lives a day.
Emergency medical workers warn that they are looking for early retirement benefits, a law on emergency medical care and that emergency medical care is equally accessible to everyone in Croatia, regardless of the region in which they live.
The director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine, Maja Grba-Bujević, conveyed greetings on the occasion of the National Day of the Emergency Medical Service and explained how it is celebrated throughout Croatia.
The institute in Sisak, where the national celebration of the Day of the Emergency Medical Service is being held, was affected by the earthquake in Banovina, said Grba-Bujević.
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