Health Minister Venko Filipce met on Thursday representatives of the World Bank (WB) to Macedonia, and stated that WB decided to support the preliminary draft-project for improvement and upgrade of healthcare infrastructure in Macedonia for fast and more efficient response to the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting was attended by WB Health Policy Specialist Dominic Hazen and Head of Programmes for Human Development at the WB Office in Skopje Bojana Naceva. “I elaborated all aspects related to coverage of urgent needs of the health system by strengthening the capacities of the system for proper management of the COVID-19 cases. The project focuses on improvements in certain health institutions but also procurement of laboratory equipment. It is unfortunate that the additional deputy finance minister blocked the project during her tenure, putting patients at risk. WB has supported our plan but the project can also be broadened, they are flexible in this regard. This project will help strengthen our public health but also improve our response to the COVID-19 challenge,” Filipce said.