Hospitals of the Luz Saúde group will provide free healthcare, professional training and medical supplies to Ukrainian war refugees who arrived in Portugal, it was announced today.
The group informs in a press release that “the support of Luz Saúde and its units of the Hospital da Luz network is provided through the intermediation of the Jesuit Refugee Service (SJR)”, which it thanks for its availability for this operation.
According to the same document, since Monday, Luz Saúde’s support has been provided through “access to specialist consultations and complementary means of diagnosis in any unit of the Hospital da Luz Network for 500 Ukrainian refugees, until the end of 2022 (with the possibility of this deadline will be reviewed according to changing circumstances)”.
It will be up to the SJR to identify refugees who need health care and communicate all needs to Luz Saúde.
On the other hand, through Hospital da Luz Learning Health, training and employment in the network units will be made available to refugees who wish to stay in Portugal temporarily or permanently.
The group also provides medical material to be sent to war zones or refugee reception areas on Ukraine’s borders, again having the SJR as an intermediary in identifying needs and ensuring the distribution of this support.
“For Luz Saúde, this is a historic moment that cannot be ignored. We assume this commitment to support Ukrainian citizens refugees in Portugal with all our capacity and dedication as always”, she says.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 1,480 civilians, including 165 children, and injured 2,195, including 266 minors, according to the latest UN data, which warns of the likelihood of the real number. of civilian casualties be much higher.
The war has already caused an undetermined number of military casualties and the flight of more than 11 million people, of which 4.2 million to neighboring countries.
This is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945) and the United Nations estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.