EU opens medical center to evacuate Ukrainians
On Thursday, the European Commission announced the opening of a medical center in Poland to receive the wounded and sick from Ukraine before being evacuated to other European countries by air.
The European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, together with the Polish and Ukrainian Ministers of Health, opened the Medevac Center, located next to Rzeszow Airport (southeast Poland, about 80 kilometers from the border with Ukraine).
Patients, civilians or soldiers, can receive care, vaccination and benefit from disease screening and psychological support. Norway offers two weekly flights to evacuate them to hospitals in other European countries, and to relieve pressure on Poland, Moldova and Slovakia, Ukraine’s neighbors.
The number of wounded in Ukraine is increasing every day, and hospitals already suffering from a lack of equipment are struggling to meet the needs. At the same time, the destruction of health care structures is depriving chronically ill patients of the treatment they need to survive. We can’t give up on these people.”Janez Lenarcic said, in a press release issued by the European Executive Authority. “The medical evacuation center will play a vital role in the rapid transport of patients to hospitals in Europe”pointed out.
Since the European Union established its evacuation program on March 11, two weeks after the start of the Russian invasion, 1,143 Ukrainian patients have been transferred to eighteen European countries (Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Luxembourg, Belgium and Spain). Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Lithuania, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic).
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