Corona pandemic: Portugal’s hospitals are “overflowing” – Germany is now helping

PublishedFebruary 3, 2021, 1:46 pm

Portugal is currently suffering very badly from the corona pandemic and asked for help. The German Bundeswehr is now providing doctors, nursing staff and medical equipment.

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An Airbus A400M of the German Air Force flies 26 doctors, nursing staff and 40 mobile ventilators to Portugal.

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A high-ranking member of the German Armed Forces described the campaign as a “symbol of European solidarity”.

A high-ranking member of the German Armed Forces described the campaign as a “symbol of European solidarity”.

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In Portugal, hospitals are overcrowded and medical equipment is in short supply.

In Portugal, hospitals are overcrowded and medical equipment is in short supply.

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  • Portugal is currently the hardest hit country in Europe by the corona pandemic.

  • Members of the German Bundeswehr are now rushing to help.

  • Bring ventilators and other medical supplies.

The Bundeswehr is starting its aid operation for Portugal, which is currently particularly badly affected by the corona pandemic. Before the departure of the 26-strong aid team from Wunstorf Air Base to Lisbon on Wednesday morning, the inspector of the medical service, General Oberstabsarzt Ulrich Baumgärtner, described the mission as a “sign of European solidarity”. “One people cannot cope with it alone, we have to stand together,” said Baumgartner.

With regard to the spread of the pandemic in Portugal, Baumgärtner spoke of an “incomparably more difficult” situation than in Germany. “The hospitals are overflowing. That’s why we’re needed there. ” The capacities of intensive care medicine are on the “edge of possibilities and beyond”. That is why the Bundeswehr is sending not only a team of eight doctors, but also, in particular, nursing staff. The aim is that the helpers can “work substantially on site,” said Baumgärtner.

150 beds in luggage

According to the ministry, the Airbus A400M of the Air Force will transport numerous medical devices and medical products that are made available in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Health. So far, these include 40 mobile and ten stationary ventilators including the necessary consumables, 150 infusion devices and 150 hospital beds.

After aid missions in Italy, France and the Czech Republic during the first Corona wave, the second wave is now followed by aid for Portugal, currently the country in Europe most severely affected by the pandemic. Portugal is particularly suffering from the spread of the more contagious corona mutation B.1.1.7., Which was first discovered in Great Britain. A week ago, the government in Portugal asked Germany for help.

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(DPA)

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