Gov't approves procurement of Dinutuximab and construction of helipads at hospitals

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During its session on Thursday, the government adopted a conclusion on securing funds to procure the Dinutuximab Beta Aperion medication for children suffering from high-risk neuroblastoma, and on the construction of helipads at four hospitals in Croatia to be funded by the United States.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic underscored that measures have been taken to purchase the medication.

Health Minister Milan Kujundzic said that the Ministry of Finance had set aside HRK 14 million for the Zagreb Children's Hospital that will have to report to the Health Ministry on the way the funds are expended.

Kujundzic recalled that on June 21, the government adopted a conclusion commissioning the Croatian Health Insurance Institute (HZZO) to prepare a detailed analysis of the justification of prescribing Dinutuximab, depending on the current health of children being treated in Zagreb and Rijeka for hig- risk neuroblastoma.

Following the analysis, a proposal was put forward to procure the medicine and the Finance Ministry was tasked with securing funds for this purpose, Kujundzic said.

He further informed the cabinet of the US government's interest in financing the construction of helipads at four Croatian hospitals - in Zagreb,  Osijek, Slavonski Brod and Karlovac.

The amount of $400,000 (HRK 2.6 million) will be secured by the US government, while the Health Ministry will provide HRK 1 million to cover the costs of Value Added Tax and external supervision, Kujundzic said.

Text: Hina