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Ten patients injured in the conflict in east Ukraine to arrive in Estonia for treatment

22. September 2014 - 13:42

The Foreign Ministry is supporting the treatment in Estonia of people injured in the conflict in east Ukraine. Ten patients are due to arrive Tuesday, who will receive treatment at the North Estonia Medical Centre.

The costs associated with transporting the patients from Ukraine to Estonia and later returning them, as well as transport within Estonia and treatment and rehabilitation costs will be covered by humanitarian support funds allocated by the Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia is ready to continue to provide comprehensive support for Ukraine. “In addition to transporting patients here for treatment, we are currently also preparing a shipment of food aid in order to help the situation of refugees from east Ukraine,” he said. Paet added that helping Ukraine is central in the development cooperation and humanitarian aid plan within Estonia’s budget for next year.

The treatment of patients injured in the conflict in east Ukraine is being organised in cooperation with the North Estonia Medical Centre, the Central Regional Hospital of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine, the local Ukrainian community, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry has previously supported the treatment of patients from Ukraine – in March of this year, five people injured in street violence arrived in Estonia for treatment. Some received treatment at the North Estonia Medial Centre and others at the Haapsalu Neurological Rehabilitation Centre. The patients were in Estonia until mid-April.

The Foreign Ministry has allocated a total of 170 000 euros (70 000 euros in March and a further 100 000 in September) to treat victims of the street violence and conflict in east Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the Foreign Ministry has planned to assist Ukraine this year with nearly one million euros.

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