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    • The Ministry of Defense Must Take Care of the Health of Members of the Army

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    • Date: 09 April 2020

      The Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) calls on the Ministry of Defense to disclose information on the status of 60 members of the 1st Land Army Brigade who have been infected with the Covid 19, and to explain how it happened. We also call on the Ministry to inform the public of the total number of infected members of the Army, as well as of the measures taken to prevent a major spread of coronavirus in the Serbian Army.

      Ensuring a high level of transparency about the conditions in which members of the Armed Forces work and the number of infected members is essential for the functioning of the security system in the circumstances of a pandemic.

      Members of the Serbian Armed Forces have taken on a large part of the burden in the fight against the spread of the virus - they set up mobile hospitals, provide health facilities and other public facilities, control borders, carry out decontamination of public areas, enable reception centers for migrants and asylum seekers, and are also engaged in setting up camps for monitoring health of the citizens coming from abroad. It was during this last task that the entire garrison of the 1st Army Brigade (about 60 soldiers) was infected with the Covid 19, and the Ministry of Defense has remained silent about it even after 5 days since the publication of this information.

      We remind that on March 30 the Serbian Military Union expressed concern over the lack of protective equipment and the failure to implement protection measures for members of the Army. It was pointed out that an increasing number of soldiers were reporting their concern about the lack of protective masks, gloves and disinfectants. The Ministry denied the allegations, and just one week later the information about the confirmed virus in the entire garrison of about 60 soldiers was released, without an explanation of how so many people were infected if they had all the necessary protective equipment.

      The BCSP calls on the Ministry of Defense to provide adequate protection to its employees engaged in the tasks of preventing the further spread of the Covid 19 epidemic and supporting civilian authorities, and to inform the public of the conditions in which members of the Army carry out their tasks and the condition of the infected soldiers.

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