Lithuanian health minister welcomes help from military intelligence

  • 2020-06-01
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Military intelligence professionals' assistance in stepping up the Lithuanian healthcare system's medical intelligence capabilities would be very helpful, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday. 

"We have already accepted assistance from the defense system, both logistical and other," the minister told a news conference. "I believe assistance from intelligence (bodies) would be very helpful in the current context." 

"We were used to living in certain comfort conditions and what we are faced with has shown that such intelligence and a certain forward-looking approach is needed to assess various aspects related to health risks," Veryga said. 

"I do think this is a good time for us, in cooperation with military intelligence, to start training specialists who could assess the risks," he added. 

Colonel Remigijus Baltrenas, the director of the Second Investigation Department under the Defense Ministry, has told BNS in a recent interview that Lithuania's military intelligence is ready to help the country's healthcare system to bolster its medical intelligence capabilities in response to the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Military intelligence can provide analytical capabilities and the assessment of the medical and biological risk in the context of all threats and risks at the national level," he said.

According to the military intelligence chief, intelligence analysts' assistance to civil institutions is a more realistic way than establishing a separate medical intelligence division.