press release9 aprile 2022

Ukraine emergency: 100 Ukrainian patients transferred to Italy

Patient transfers managed by CROSS via MedEvac

La CROSS-Centrale Remota Operazioni Soccorso Sanitario di Pistoia-Empoli

The CROSS - Remote Centre for Health Rescue Operations - activated by the Department of Civil Protection for the coordination of urgent medical assistance to Ukrainian citizens, is still ensuring the transfer of patients in countries bordering the Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the emergency 100 patients have been transported through MedEvac - Medical Evacuation, thanks to 14 air missions carried out by the Guardia di Finanza and private carriers.

In particular, from March 28 to April 8, a total of 42 patients have been transferred assisted by the health services of the regions Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Lazio, Marche, Abruzzo and Emilia-Romagna.

he CROSS, within the framework of the European Civil Protection Mechanism and in response to the specific request of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE) will continue to recognize the available beds in the Regions and Autonomous Provinces and to organize the transfer of patients. 

The Department also activated the Disevac - Disability Evacuation - of the Italian Misericordie: a service that guarantees the secure and assisted evacuation of fragile, non-ambulatory people with wheelchairs and bedridden patients from the Polish-Ukrainian border to Italy.