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Military ready to provide new hospital if necessary: Def Min

The head of the National Defence Ministry Mariusz Błaszczak said that if necessary, the military will launch another hospital module. He also said that the military health service is ready to fulfil its duties and is open to non-military workers.

On Saturday, the first patients were admitted to a temporary hospital at the military air base in Warsaw’s Okęcie. At the end of February, another hospital was opened at the Military Institute of Medicine.

“The hospital is slowly filling up. If all the beds are occupied, then we will open another module in the temporary hospital,” said Mr Błaszczak. “If it turns out that the places in the first module become full, we will open a second module, and if necessary – a third” – he added. The minister also noted that the basis of the system is the civilian health service, “but the military health service is involved in this process”.

According to the Health Ministry, there are currently about 1,500 people in all temporary hospitals in Poland with 180 patients using respirators. Another 4,200 beds for COVID-19 patients will be made ready this week. There are over 20,200 COVID-19 patients in hospitals nationwide with over 2,000 connected to respirators according to Monday’s data from the health ministry.

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