Norway extends medical evacuation for Ukrainian patients

Norway has flown Ukrainian patients to various European countries for medical treatment as the war has so far seen 1,000 attacks on Ukraine’s health sector.

In response to a request from the EU, the Norwegian government, thanks to its cooperation with Scandinavian Airlines (SA), has extended this medical evacuation operation until February 2024.

“Many Ukrainians need life-saving medical care. I am glad that Norway is now extending the agreement with SA and the EU to transport Ukrainian patients to Norway and other European countries for medical treatment,” said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Since the start of the operation in August 2022, Norway has helped transport over 1,500 people (patients and family members). The EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) is coordinating the effort and the EU has asked Norway to extend its transport agreement with Scandinavian Airlines.

A long-term agreement between the Norwegian Armed Forces and SA has made it possible to convert an ordinary aircraft into a functional air ambulance. SA operates and operates the aircraft, and the joint medical services of the Norwegian Armed Forces provide the medical and operational expertise.

The Norwegian government transports patients of all ages to medical center in Poland. The government then sends the patients to hospitals in Europe for treatment. The majority of these are patients suffering from cancer or injuries, but there are also patients with infections and other medical conditions.

Pan-European cooperation on Ukrainian medical care

The EU has transferred more than 2,000 Ukrainian patients to receive specialized care in hospitals across Europe from March 2023.

They have transported patients to hospitals in 20 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden .

While Norway pioneered the medical evacuation of patients, other European countries have provided other medical services.

Germany, Iceland, Estonia and Spain have donated field hospitals to Ukraine. This support includes two €8 million ($8.7 million) Forward Surgical Team stations from the German defense company Rheinmetallfunded by the German government.

Other countries have transferred critical medical knowledge and skills. The UK Ministry of Defense announced on June 24 that the British military and its Dutch and Icelandic partners are training Ukrainian combat medics in a first-of-its-kind program. The first of three cohorts of about 50 Ukrainian defense personnel began the five-week combat medic course on May 29.



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