The Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Eduard Heger, visited the Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ met with representatives of medical students and appreciated their significant help to the Slovak healthcare system during the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Hundreds of students at the Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ helped out during the nationwide testing, at patient trials, or in COVID wards.
The meeting took place in the seminar room of the Faculty of Medicine, where Prime Minister Eduard Heger initially thanked the students of the Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ for their willingness and great help in the pandemic at a time when there was no protection in the form of vaccination. "At that time, we only had measures and protective equipment at our disposal, so I appreciate everyone who came to help us in this difficult struggle - and you were there too," said Eduard Heger.
As the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ prof. MUDr. Daniel Pella, PhD. said at the meeting with the Prime Minister "It is our pleasure to welcome the Prime Minister to our faculty and to hear his words of praise addressed to our students, that are also an appreciation of our entire faculty. We were pleased to boast about the recently renovated exterior, and in part the interior of the entire faculty, and emphasized that this forty-year-old building received this “new dress” almost completely for the funds obtained from our faculty's extra-budgetary resources. We are no less proud of building the currently largest and most modern Center for Simulator and Virtual Medicine in Slovakia, which we have opened for our students this academic year. The center was also financed mainly from our own resources".
As noted by prof. Daniel Pella, M.D., PhD., the Faculty Board believes that the education reforms will enable the Faculty to make other investments in the renovation of the building and teaching innovation in the future.
Our students were allowed to ask the Prime Minister various questions and at the end of the meeting, they received a useful gift from the Prime Minister – the several sewing kits with a leather model, which they will use for training sewing techniques.