Estonian defense forces to pack up field hospital in Saaremaa on Thursday

  • 2020-04-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The field hospital of the Estonian defense forces set up on the island of Saaremaa will be packed up and taken back to the mainland on Thursday next week.

An information officer of the Support Command said that a convoy of the defense forces will be heading to Saaremaa on Wednesday. Before being packed up, the field hospital will undergo thorough disinfection. The field hospital will be brought back to the mainland on the next day, Thursday.

Chief medical officer of the emergency situation Arkadi Popov said that coronavirus patients treated at the defense forces' field hospital numbered altogether 15.

The defense forces sent a field hospital to Saaremaa at the request of the Health Board to support the treatment of patients severely suffering from COVID-19.

The field hospital was set up next to Kuressaare Hospital on April 1 and was ready for patients on the next day.

The field hospital has 20 bed places enabling the provision of additional oxygen to patients. Eight of the places are with stepped-up oxygen capacity for patients in critical condition.