As of 5 August, the EU has efficiently co-ordinated 1,000 medical evacuations of Ukrainian sufferers by way of its Civil Safety Mechanism to supply them with specialised well being care in hospitals throughout Europe.
Because the variety of wounded individuals in Ukraine will increase day-to-day, native hospitals are struggling to maintain up with the demand. On the identical time, Poland, Moldova and Slovakia have requested assist for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations from their respective nations given the big influx of individuals. To alleviate stress on native hospitals, since 11 March, the EU has been coordinating affected person transfers to different European nations who’ve accessible hospital capability.
The sufferers have been transferred to 18 nations: Germany, France, Eire, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Lithuania, Finland, Poland and Czechia. Current operations embody the switch of two sufferers to Czechia on 3 August and 15 sufferers evacuated to Germany, 4 sufferers to the Netherlands and a couple of sufferers to Norway on 4 August.
Disaster Administration Commissioner Janez Lenarčič stated: “Russia’s unjustified battle in Ukraine is driving Ukrainian well being programs to breaking level. To assist Ukraine address the skyrocketing medical wants, the EU has stepped up its operations. On high of delivering medicines and medical tools to Ukraine by way of our Civil Safety Mechanism, we’re additionally coordinating medical evacuations. 1,000 Ukrainian sufferers have been transferred to hospitals in 18 European nations. I need to thank all nations who’re welcoming the Ukrainian sufferers on this crucial time. EU solidarity saves lives.”
Well being and Meals Security Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stated: “From day one, the EU has been working tirelessly to assist Ukraine and its individuals within the face of Russia’s brutal navy aggression. As a part of this, the EU Civil Safety Mechanism has allowed sufferers in pressing want of therapy and care to obtain it in hospitals throughout the EU, whereas relieving stress on the healthcare programs of Ukraine’s neighbouring nations. That is true European solidarity in motion. Along with Ukrainian authorities, we’re additionally wanting into methods to deliver sufferers again dwelling once they have completed their therapy, in the event that they select to take action. This lifesaving work will proceed, as will the EU’s unwavering dedication to supporting Ukraine.”
The medical evacuations are financially and operationally supported by the EU Civil Safety Mechanism. The MEDEVAC switch scheme helps the switch of sufferers that fulfil the eligibility standards, be they chronically sick or wounded by the battle. The mechanism permits the Fee to report back to the Ukrainian authorities the place within the EU/EEA nations the sufferers have been transferred. For a safe switch of affected person information, the sufferers’ well being information are shared utilizing the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS).
EU civil safety and humanitarian assist in Ukraine
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