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Hungary sends EU ventilators to Ukraine

Charity Council organisations get HUF 3 billion support

The government is supporting the member organisations of the Charity Council with 3 billion forints (EUR 7.8m) with a view to mitigating the effects of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which also directly affects Hungary, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkiralyi said on Saturday.
6. March 2022 6:51

The Catholic Caritas, the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, the Hungarian Interchurch Aid, the Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Hungarian Red Cross will receive 500 million forints each in support, Szentkiralyi said at the aid point set up in Beregsurany, at the Hungary-Ukraine border.

She praised the efforts of government bodies, the police, the disaster management authority, local councils, aid groups and civil groups in helping refugees in recent days, adding that their help would also be needed in the coming days and weeks.

Szentkiralyi said the government would continue to provide all the help it could to those in need.

Miklos Soltesz, the state secretary for church and minority relations, said the government’s Bridge for Transcarpathia aid campaign had collected 480 million forints in donations by Saturday morning. The money, he said, will be distributed among the charity organisations working at the six aid points.

Also, a total of 1.3 billion forints’ worth of aid is being sent to Ukraine through the Hungary Helps humanitarian scheme, he said.

Hungary sends EU ventilators to Ukraine

Hungary’s disaster management authority on Saturday said it has sent 200 ventilators from the European Union’s stock in Hungary to Ukraine.

Altogether 200 ventilators, 250 bedside monitors, 25 central monitors and 100 infusion pumps from the so-called rescEU medical equipment reserve were delivered from the disaster management authority’s main storage facility to the Hungarian border town of Zahony, the authority said in a statement. There the shipment worth a combined 3.7 million euros was picked up by Ukrainian representatives.

The equipment was sent after Ukraine asked for assistance via the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the statement said.

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