Messer and Serbia have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure that, in a state of emergency, the provision of medical gases and equipment to the Serbian population will have priority.

Such agreement was inked on Wednesday (21st April) when the Serbian Minister of Health, Zlatibor Lončar, visited Messer’s headquarters in Bad Soden, Germany. 

Messer and the Serbian Ministry of Health have been working together very closely and successfully for many years, but with the outbreak of the Covid-19, they intensified such cooperation even further to save the lives through the continuous supply of medical gases and gas supply systems.

“The main reason we are working together is to get out of the pandemic through joint efforts. We do not know when this will be, but we are working together to bring the pandemic under control as quickly as possible,” Lončar said.

“Together, we want to prepare for the next ten years and for any possible future surprise.”

“It is important and right to apply the experience gained during the pandemic to enable rapid action for the well-being of people in future emergencies. With our agreement, we are reinforcing our very good collaboration with the Serbian Ministry of Health and Minister Zlatibor Lončar, also for the future,” Messer added. 

“We have specialised in technical and medical gases for more than 120 years now, and in Serbia we are the market leader in our industry. During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we supplied medical gases – and especially oxygen – with top priority to hospitals and field hospitals in Europe, the Americas and Asia.”

“The Memorandum of Understanding signed today will help us ensure the supply of gases with even greater focus and enable us to support the healthcare system more effectively.”

Covid-19 efforts

During the height of Covid-19 in Serbia, Messer increased the production of medical oxygen to the maximum technically feasible capacity at four filling plants. With the authorisation of the responsible regulatory agencies, filling capacities normally dedicated to technical oxygen were also repurposed for medical oxygen. To meet the high demand, the filling plants were converted to three-shift operation.

To cover the hospitals’ huge increase in demand for medical oxygen, 13 additional tanks and 20 mobile tanks were deployed to hospitals along with a total of several kilometres of additional pipelines and more than 600 ventilator stations.

In July 2020 alone, Messer’s engineering and service team installed 216 oxygen outlets and 300 meters of pipe in a Covid-19 field hospital that had been rapidly set up and was already in operation in the Belgrade region.