Czech medical detachment assists Slovenia with migration management

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

As part of the BLED 2016 exercise being held in Slovenia, the third rotation of Czech military surgeons, medics and support personnel left the Military Medical Agency base at Hradec Kralove last week to join the Slovenian Armed Forces in order to help them deal with the migration flow.

The team of medics will serve at the Slovenia-Austria border crossing in Sentilj, and provide medical aid to the refugees before they begin their journey to Austria. In cooperation with Slovenian soldiers, the Czech team will assess, evaluate and control the potential public health risks associated with the movement of such a large number of people.

"This mission should be carried out in the same manner as any other foreign mission, and I firmly believe that you will build on the good work of your colleagues before you. I wish you all the best and a pleasant journey," said Colonel Zoltan Bubenik, Director of the Military Medical Agency, before departure.

The first medical team participated in the BLED 2015 exercise in Slovenia from 12th November - 15th December last year, together with a unit of Czech specialists from the 15th Engineer Regiment based in Bechyne where, along with Slovenian soldiers, they took part in a training programme to protect the borders in the Schengen Area.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

Pictures by Czech and Slovenian photographers

February 8, 2016