Poklukar: In the coming weeks, we will go through something that our generation has not yet experienced


Janez Poklukar, director general of the University College Ljubljana, says that in the coming weeks all staff will be focused on saving lives in the epidemic.


Infectious Diseases Clinic Ljubljana

Poklukar Today, he addressed an open letter to health care employees and the Slovenian population, in which he pointed out what awaits us and called for solidarity and a joint fight against the epidemic.

Poklukar said we will go in the coming weeks “Through our generation never seen before and through something that no one could prepare us for. In two to three weeks, we will live in a period full of impossible obstacles. “ He explained that he wanted to be wrong, but the statistics say otherwise, which in the case of an epidemic “Unfortunately usually unmistakable.”

We publish his letter in full:

“Dear colleagues, dear citizens of Slovenia,

in the coming weeks we will go through our generation never seen before and through something that no one could prepare us for. In two to three weeks, we will live a period full of impossible obstacles. Although I wish I was wrong, statistics in the event of an epidemic are unfortunately usually infallible.

I see the virus as a parasite of humanity that ignores the differences between us. It spreads regardless of the borders of countries or municipalities. He doesn’t care if we’re in the autumn of life, entrepreneurial stars at the peak of their power, or young people in their prime. He is not interested in the number we circled or did not circle last election Sunday. He doesn’t care if we believe in him or not. He attacks everyone in solidarity, the oldest will only be the first among the victims. Even today, self-evident interventions may become difficult to achieve, as all staff will be focused on saving lives in an epidemic.

Mankind has overcome the greatest challenges of the past – black goats, the Spanish flu and Nazism. We performed together on the first day of our statehood, which drove us forward, regardless of the differences. As humans, we won because we knew how to protect the weakest man. We will end the fight as winners this time as well, because we will respond in solidarity.

One day we will be able to encourage our eagles in Planica again, celebrate the New Year in the crowds of the city streets and gather in groups behind the home. Skiing, trips to the sea or visits to concerts and theaters will be taken for granted again. Masks will again become just a carnival custom.

We will not be led there by the great deeds of great individuals, but on the contrary – the small renunciations of each of us. We will succeed in solidarity in struggle, determination and hope. Even in these difficult conditions, a new life is born – the first smile a newborn sees through a spacesuit is no less sincere.

Thank you for all the help, encouragement and support we have and will receive. Healthcare professionals can only help as much as the community behind us helps. ”


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