“Battle for the Babies“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina

December 23, 2013

After a recent visit to the Cantonal Hospital in Bihać, the “Battle for the Babies“ continues at the Prijedor General Hospital birthing centre, which has received today a valuable donation of medical equipment from the representatives of GAZPROM Bosnia and Herzegovina retail network and the B92 Fund. The GAZPROM Bosnia and Herzegovina retail network donation consists of a transcutaneous bilirubinometer, patient monitor, two neonatal aspirators, and two infusion pumps, and is part of a broader initiative to help birthing centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country to which this company has contributed 30,000 euros. In a ceremony earlier today, the Prijedor Hospital also received a modern transport incubator, the second incubator donated to this hospital in the “Battle for the Babies“ humanitarian action in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purchase of the incubator was made possible by the humanitarian SMS messages of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On behalf of the birthing centre, the guests were welcomed by Dr Mirko Sovilj, Director of the General Hospital: “Over 100,000 people live in our municipality, and I have been given the difficult task of saying thank you on behalf of all of them, but also on behalf of those who are yet to be born, this year and in the years to come. In these difficult times, your gesture gives us new strength and faith in humanity, because human life is what you have saved and protected today.“ “Investing in new and healthy life is our contribution to the creation of a healthy environment for future generations. Our company is determined to help where help is needed. We have been witness to a growth of consumers’ trust in GAZPROM petrol stations in a short time. It is therefore very important to us that the citizens recognize us not only for the quality of fuel and services but also as a company which is socially responsible towards the community in which it conducts its business operations,“ Srđan Pešević, GAZPROM BH Retail Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. “With 33 incubators and 500,000 euros worth of other kinds of equipment, I will say with unabashed pride that we have done very much indeed, but we have to fight a lot still to emerge victorious in the battle for all the babies of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This birthing centre alone needs much more medical equipment, not to mention the urgent needs of the birthing centres in other towns and cities. Nonetheless, we have seen today how much can be achieved when the citizens and the private sector join hands. I hope that this humanitarian action will inspire other Bosnia and Herzegovina’s companies as well to rally around our goal and become involved in the only battle truly worth fighting – the battle for life,“ said Veran Matić, President of the B92 Fund Board of Directors.