Under the slogan of the World Health Organization: “Health for all, universal healthcare for everyone and everywhere”, the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Tetova marked the 7th of April – World Health Day. This event was attended by a large number of public figures such as: the Rector of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti, the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, the Deputy Minister of Health, Asim Musa, the Pension Fund Director, Orhan Ramadani, members of parliament, doctors, professors and students. In his speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof. Dr. Kastriot Haxhirexha, appealed to the institutions that special importance be devoted to free health care. “In places where no free health care can be provided, citizens are obliged to choose where they will spend their scarce income – for health needs or other basic needs. In this way, they often neglect the timely check-up of health problems at the doctor, which then exacerbates their health state and requires even greater costs for proper treatment. This deepens poverty and deepens inequality among citizens. Protecting citizens from the financial repercussions that they may have due to the cost of primary health services reduces their risk of impoverishment, as unexpected diseases require that citizens spend all their savings, sell all their possessions, or get into debts, thus destroying their future, and often that of their children, “said Prof. Dr. Kastriot Haxhirexha.
During the activity, a speech was also held by the Minister of Health of North Macedonia, Venko Filipce. In his speech, he focused on the meeting he had with the management of the University of Tetova, as well as on the projects that will be carried out in the future by the ministry he leads. “Today we had the opportunity to visit the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Tetova. We had a meeting with the Rector of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti and the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Kastriot Haxhirexha, with whom we talked about advancing the knowledge of the medical students. A few weeks ago we signed a Memorandum of Understanding based on which, for the first time, the students will be educated at the “8 September” Hospital, which is a great benefit, because that hospital is a health institution in which work distinguished specialists of certain specialties and I believe that the students will significantly reinforce their knowledge there. For several months we have held discussions with the university leadership and with the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje, to open the doors of all health institutions for all medical students, regardless of which university they study in, which I think is very important. Here we also plan to include the private hospitals, because we think that students should have access to wherever well-known experts work, as this is in their favor, but it is a favor that in the future the patients will benefit from” said the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce. The main part of today’s activity about the marking of the World Health Day was concluded with a professional lecture on the “Treatment of congenital thoracic deformities” presented by Prof. Dr. Fadil Gradica from the Republic of Albania. While the Rector of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ameti, presented the Minister of Health, Venko Filipce, with a gift depicting the portrait of the founder and the first and historic Rector of the University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Fadil Sulejmani.