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Government guaranteeing 24/7 health care for refugees

Hungary has full sufficiency for receiving Ukraine refugees, minister says

Hungary has complete sufficiency when it comes to taking care of refugees from Ukraine, and the country does not require external assistance, Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, said in Brussels on Friday.
5. March 2022 8:21

Speaking to Hungarian journalists after an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers, the minister noted that since the outbreak of the war, 140,000 refugees have arrived in Hungary, with around 100,000 Ukrainian nationals, 22,000 ethnic Hungarians, and 18,000 citizens of non-EU countries. Hungary is helping the latter to return home, he added.

Szijjarto said the ministers of several EU countries had paid tribute to the countries neighboring Ukraine, including Hungary, for taking in and caring for the refugees.

Meanwhile, no further proposals or decisions in terms of sanctions were made at today’s meeting of EU foreign ministers, he said. Hungary is taking part in common EU decision-making, and is intent on seeing EU unity maintained. But Hungary won’t allow the Hungarian people to pay the price of war, so sanctions should not apply to energy supplies, he said, adding that any possible sanctions on energy supplies would not win Hungary’s backing.

Commenting a statement by Ukraine’s ambassador to Budapest on Friday, Szijjarto said Hungary would continue to provide humanitarian help to Ukraine but would not supply arms. Neither soldiers nor lethal aid will be sent to the war zone, he reiterated.

Government guaranteeing 24/7 health care for refugees

The Hungarian government is guaranteeing access to health care around the clock for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, the human resources ministry told MTI on Friday.

Mobile teams have been sent to registration points along the Ukrainian border to provide medical care, screening, coronavirus tests and, if need be, hospital care for those arriving from Ukraine.

To date nearly 100 refugees have required hospital care, mostly out-patient services. At present 14 refugees are in hospital, including nine children.

All refugees who are not vaccinated against Covid, or wish to be accommodated in a refugee centre, are tested for coronavirus and offered the jab. Those infected are quarantined or, in more serious cases, taken to hospital.

The health workers delegated by hospitals and working in 12-hour shifts are being assisted by charity organisations, the ministry said.

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