Modern equipment of the Veterinary Specialist Institute Nis provided with European funding is used for testing of Covid-19


From the 3rd of April, samples were taken at the Health Centre Niš for testing of Covid-19. Thanks to the modern equipment provided under a project funded by the Bulgaria - Serbia Cross-border Programme, between 140 and 200 samples are tested on a daily basis mainly at the Veterinary Specialist Institute. According to its director - Milos Petrovic, the institute's laboratory has а high technological equipment and а qualified staff, which saves valuable time for diagnosis and taking protective measures. From the beginning of April, the laboratory has been testing samples from three health centers arriving from the cities of Pirot, Leskovac and Vranje.

The Covid-19 testing at the Veterinary Specialist Institute Nis is being possible thanks to the successfully completed project “Joint information system for process optimization "One health” in the CBC area”, implemented for a period of 2 years under the Bulgaria – Serbia Cross-border Programme from the previous programming period 2007-2013 and financed for the total amount of almost 935 000 euro. A Joint informational System has been developed within the project, which serves as a storage of existing information for all authorities, responsible for control of the animal health. Additionally, one administrative building has been reconstructed, office equipment and vehicles for control in the CBC region have been supplied.

The project has been implemented within the framework of a Bulgarian-Serbian partnership between the Regional Food Safety Agency Directorates in Pernik, Kyustendil and Sofia, and the Veterinary Specialist Institute Nis.

More detailed information about the project’ implementation is available on the following web-page:

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