BRUSSELS, 01 SEPT – The Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is in Poland to officially inaugurate, together with the Polish and Ukrainian health ministers, the new EU Medevac hub for the medical evacuation of Ukrainian patients: he hub is strategically located near the Polish city of Rzeszów, which is home to one of the closest airports to Ukraine. The European Commission has made it known. The new EU Medevac Hub, funded through the Civil Protection Mechanism, is part of a broader medical evacuation program launched by the European Union in March 2022.
The hub will provide safe space for patients arriving from Ukraine before being flown to receive treatment in a hospital in another European country. At the hub, patients will receive 24/7 nursing care, disease screening, vaccinations, and mental health support. The hub was also designed to facilitate the work of medical staff dealing with vulnerable patients arriving from Ukraine. The medical evacuation program includes two rescue flights per week offered by Norway and the transport of patients from Rzeszów to countries offering subsequent treatment. “The number of injured in Ukraine is growing every day and hospitals, already short of supplies, are struggling to keep up with the needs.
At the same time, the destruction of health facilities deprives the chronically ill of the care they need to survive. We cannot abandon these people, “said Commissioner Lenarčič.” The Medevac Hub will play a key role in quickly transferring patients to hospitals across Europe. I would like to thank all the countries who have offered to welcome Ukrainian patients and to help save their lives. This is a true example of EU solidarity “.
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01 September 2022 13:30