Lithuania’s HealthMin stops registration after 300 medics volunteer to go to Ukraine

  • 2022-03-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Lithuanian Health Ministry has stopped volunteer registration after 300 medics have volunteered to go to Ukraine, Health Minister Arunas Dulkys has said.

“That’s enough at present. Groups of 12 people each have been formed,” he told the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Those people would be paid wages, bonuses, daily allowances and would be provided sleeping accommodation, Dulkys said adding that now was time for the processing of documents and group training.

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light to send medics to Ukraine.

Dulkys stated earlier this week that 24 medics should go to two medical facilities in Western Ukraine, without specifying the time of their departure.

He then said that several hundred medics had volunteered to go to Ukraine but not all specialists were now needed in that country.

"They need paramedics, nurses, anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists. And that’s the way we are building these teams," the minister explained.

Last week, Russia unleashed a war in Ukraine sparking outrage and rage in the world. Western countries, including Lithuania, responded to the invasion with tough sanctions for Russia, and are providing comprehensive assistance, including military, to Ukraine.