Polish doctors heading to USA, Slovenia and Kyrgyzstan to treat coronavirus patients

8 doctors have flown to Kyrgyzstan to participate in the medical mission of the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM). Three of them earlier took part in the PCPM Covid-19 mission to northern Italy in March

The remaining members of the team which has returned from Italy are now sharing their experiences from the frontline against the novel coronavirus with fellow Polish doctors.

The spokesperson of PCPM, Aleksandra Rutkowska, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that their mission in Kyrgyzstan will last 10 days and that the doctors will initially be stationed in the capital city Bishkek before moving on to the country’s second largest city, Osh.

"This mission is a bit different from the one in Italy, where it was mainly about relieving the medical staff. In Kyrgyzstan, Polish doctors will also educate the local doctors. Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries on the WHO list of priorities" - Ms. Rutkowska stated.

A team of doctors from the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw will also aid their colleagues abroad. The decision to send them to Chicago was taken after a phone call between President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.

The Polish Minister of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, told reporters that the Polish team has been sent to help their American colleagues but also to acquire the knowledge necessary to successfully combat the coronavirus pandemic back in Poland. "This expert knowledge is extremely important to us," - Minister Błaszczak added.

The Polish team will fly out from Warsaw on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Another group of doctors from the Military Medical Institute will head for Slovenia on the same day. The four army doctors will help their fellow doctors in Ljubljana and Maribor to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic while also exchanging information on how to best administer medical resources in a crisis situation.