Brussels, Aug 6 (SocialNews.XYZ) The European Union (EU) has evacuated 1,000 patients from Ukrainian hospitals as the war-torn country's health system comes under increasing strain amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
The EU is stepping up operations "to help Ukraine cope with the skyrocketing medical needs", dpa news agency quoted European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic as saying in a statement on Friday.
Since March, in the early stages of the Russian invasion, the bloc has coordinated medical transfers for Ukrainian hospital patients to available EU hospitals, the commission statement said.
So far 18 EU member states, including France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland, have sheltered the 1,000 patients, according to European Commission data.
In the latest EU medical evacuations, two patients transferred to the Czech Republic, four to the Netherlands and 15 to Germany, along with two more to Norway, the Commission said.
The transfers took place via an EU humanitarian support programme and eased "pressure on the health-care systems of Ukraine's neighbouring countries", EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said.