Polish NGO deploys medical staff to Italy to fight COVID-19

The Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) announced that its Medical Team will be deployed to the frontline of the fight with the SARS-CoV-2 spread in Italy.

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The team, which is certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will be deployed to a hospital in the city of Brescia, the second-largest in the Lombardy region, one of the most affected by the coronavirus.

As the PCPM reported, deployment to Italy will last 10 days. Polish doctors and paramedics will travel by military aircraft on Monday, 30 March, and are due to return on 9 April. They were all tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and declared fit to travel. The same medical tests will be conducted upon their return, combined with compulsory quarantine.

Members of the PCPM team will be accompanied by medical personnel from the Military Institute of Medicine, Poland’s primary military hospital. A total of 15 people will be deployed to Italy.

“It will be determined only upon our arrival, which facility we are going to support. We are equipped, among others, with personal protection equipment and are ready to work predominantly in hospital areas contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Michal Madeyski, PCPM Emergency Medical Team coordinator was quoted as saying in a PCPM statement.

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“This is an act of European solidarity and assistance from Poland to Italy. We hope that our presence will allow Italian doctors to take some well-deserved rest after several weeks of working non-stop,” Wojciech Wilk, PCPM’s CEO and UN expert on disaster management said.

PCPM Emergency Medical Team is actively involved in supporting the Polish medical system in addressing coronavirus epidemics. PCPM donated parts of its field hospital equipment to several hospitals across Poland, as well as supporting these facilities with personal protection equipment, funded by private individuals and companies.

As of Monday morning CEST, Italy has the second-highest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with more than 97,000 infections. The US is in the first place of the global list, with more than 142,000 cases.

Globally, more than 723,000 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been recorded.