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Hungary sending EU medical equipment to Moldova

Novak: Hungarians raise HUF 750 million for refugees

Hungarians have so far donated a total of 750 million forints (EUR 200,000) to help people fleeing the war in Ukraine, president-elect Katalin Novak told public media during a visit to the Hungary-Ukraine border on Tuesday.
22. March 2022 16:45

“The funds are in the best hands and will be delivered to those who really need them,” Novak said, thanking the donors, charity and religious organisations for their help.

Meeting leaders of Charity Council organisations, Novak said: “The entire country has mobilised, with everybody wanting to help … It is good to see that we now have cooperation not seen in Hungary for a long time. It is good to know that everybody is doing their job here.”

At the meeting, Novak also thanked the priests and pastors seeking to provide help and consolation through the local communities beyond their duty. She highlighted the level of coordination between charity organisations.

“Cooperation is working very well and I can see the huge share government offices and local municipal leaders are undertaking to provide help,” Novak said.

Later on Tuesday, Novak visited Beregsurany where she talked to the employees of charity organisations, civilians helping on site and refugees.

The aid work at the border is extremely well organised and a testament to “exemplary” cooperation between local leaders, charity organisations and government offices as well as well-meaning private citizens, she said.

“I am here to thank you and to lend some strength, because locals have been in the fray for weeks now,” she said. Refugees are very grateful to Hungarians, she added.

“It is clear that Hungarians want peace,” and the government is working to ensure Hungary’s security, she said.

Novak afterwards visited Fehergyarmat and Tiszabecs.

Speaking to public media, the politician said she saw a strong cooperation of humanitarian and aid organisations and locals in all three towns she visited. “Locals, if need be, prepare food, help packing donations and also help with translation,” Novak said. She also commended local mayors, notaries and government office heads and clerks for their work.

Novak, who was in charge as a former minister of family affairs, said she also meet many refugee families.

“These families were in a very difficult situation when forced to leave their homes which got destroyed by bombs. They had no more than 20 minutes to pack up their entire lives. This war has torn families apart forcing fathers and sons to stay in Ukraine and forced at the same time women to set on a long journey with their children,” Novak said.

“It was good to see that Hungarians have joined together to help in this difficult situation,” the president-elect said.

Hungary sending EU medical equipment to Moldova

Hungary’s disaster management authority on Tuesday said it is sending a consignment of medical equipment from the European Union’s stock in Hungary to Moldova.

Altogether 50 ventilators, 20 infusion stands and 100 infusion pumps from the so-called rescEU medical equipment reserve have been sent from the disaster management authority’s Budapest storage facility to the Moldovan capital Chisinau, the authority said in a statement.

The shipment worth a combined 266 million forints (EUR 710,000) is scheduled to arrive at its destination in 36 hours, the statement said.

The equipment was sent after the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre asked for assistance for Moldova, the authority said.

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