CASA aircraft transports wounded Ukrainians to the Czech Republic for medical treatment

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Seven Ukrainian adults and two children arrived in the Czech Republic last week to receive follow-up treatment in Czech hospitals, three in Prague and one in Ostrava. The Czech Ministry of Interior, working in close cooperation with the ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Health, continues with the medical evacuation programme (MEDEVAC).

The Chief of the medical team of the Air Rescue Service based at Line, Pilsen, Colonel Michal Marecek MD, has been supervising the entire operation. He spoke very highly of the preparations for this recent flight: “We cannot compare this evacuation to the first transportation of the wounded Ukrainians who were injured at Maidan last year. This whole procedure was excellently organised and everything ran smoothly.“

The aircraft first landed in Ostrava from Kiev and deposited two seriously burnt firefighters at a local hospital, and then flew to Kbely military airport in Prague with the remaining patients. Ambulances from the Na Bulovce Hospital, General University Hospital and Motol University Hospital then transported the patients to their respective facilities.

In January this year, the Czech government allocated 50 million Czech Crowns for 2015 for the treatment of foreign patients under the MEDEVAC humanitarian programme. Launched in 1993, the programme was originally focused on providing health care to children, the elderly and women living in conflict-hit countries but, over the years, it has extended this care to civilians wounded in battle.

July 20, 2015