February 24, 2024

The EU has coordinated the medical evacuations of greater than 2,300 Ukrainian sufferers to European hospitals for the reason that begin of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some sufferers requiring specialised therapies have been transferred to 21 EU international locations.

Sufferers with warfare wounds or critical diseases who can’t be handled in Ukraine are transferred to hospitals in several European international locations.

The European Union has helped evacuate greater than 2,300 Ukrainian sufferers.

“This operation is vital as a result of we’re taking sufferers out of Ukraine to unencumber the capability of Ukrainian hospitals. It is very important present Ukraine the help we’re prepared to offer it,” says Bjørn Eidissen, director of the Norwegian Rescue Workforce’s Medical Crew.

Nice stress on the Ukrainian healthcare system

The Ukrainian healthcare system is topic to monumental stress for the reason that starting of the Russian invasion. Some sufferers requiring specialised therapies have been transferred to 21 international locations of the EU.

“I used to be injured in the course of the bombing of town of Bakhmut by the Russian Federation, I used to be at my submit when it occurred. The European Union responded appropriately to the warfare,” says Stanislav Glushkov, a Ukrainian affected person.

Poland: relocation coordination middle

Medical evacuations are coordinated from the Medevac middle, positioned within the Polish metropolis of Rzeszow, near the Ukrainian border.

“That is the one place in Europe created to help and assist our Ukrainian companions, to our Ukrainian mates; particularly to sufferers who can not proceed their medical remedy inside Ukraine,” explains Adam Szyszka, head of the Jasionka Medevac middle.

The plan was designed to additionally alleviate the stress on the well being techniques of the international locations bordering Ukrainetogether with Poland and Slovakia, because the inflow of refugees places hospitals beneath stress.

“The sufferers are right here, their medical wants are attended to, and they’re supplied with meals and shelter. That is one thing of a time buffer for the sufferers as nicely; say a day or two, earlier than a scheduled flight evacuates them to the entire of Europe,” says Markus Eichler, a health care provider with the EU Civil Safety.

Norway has supplied help with flights

Two weekly flights, supplied by Norway, transport sufferers from Rzeszow to international locations that provide additional remedy. Greater than 370 of those sufferers have acquired assist and are able to return to Ukraine..

In June this yr, the World Well being Group (WHO) launched an 18-month mission funded by the European Fee to strengthen the medical evacuation and repatriation processes of the Ukrainian Ministry of Well being.

The mission will particularly give attention to the protected return of sufferers who’ve accomplished their acute remedy overseas and want to return to Ukraine.