The German clinical team, made up of 26 health professionals, who arrived in Portugal in early February to help fight the pandemic, will remain in the country for another six weeks, the German defense minister announced this Friday.
The German ruler Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer used your social network account Twitter to reveal that the decision was taken in agreement with the Portuguese Ministers of Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, and of Health, Marta Temido.
“We will be supporting Portugal for another six weeks. We remain together in Europe ”, wrote the minister, stressing that the help that is being provided by German health professionals“ is very much appreciated ”in Portugal, which faces a critical period in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
The German mission, formed by 26 health professionals (including six doctors), who arrived in Portugal on February 3, is working at Hospital da Luz, in Lisbon, and brought 40 mobile and 10 stationary ventilators, 150 infusion pumps and many other hospital beds.
Initially, it was reported that German health professionals would remain in the country “for a period of three weeks, with replacement scheduled every 21 days, until the end of March”, if necessary “.
France sends four health professionals
According to the weekly Express, the French embassy in Portugal announced that the Portuguese government “accepted the collaboration proposal” of the French Executive to support the response to the health crisis
France will send four health professionals, namely an urgent care physician specialized in intensive care, two anesthetist nurses and a Portuguese-speaking nurse, who will join the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Garcia de Orta, in Almada, from February 15th, for an initial period of 15 days .
“The health situation in Portugal has led to a series of reactions of solidarity on the part of several European partners”, reads the note from the French embassy sent to newsrooms. “France’s aid, which maintains close and friendly relations with Portugal, is part of the within this natural European solidarity, in the face of a virus that will only be effectively defeated through cooperation and international unity. ”
The embassy also recognizes that France “was object of solidarity initiatives during the first wave of the virus last spring ”, benefiting from the help of European neighbors. “Likewise, France now offers support to a European partner that is going through a critical moment and remains attentive to its possible needs”.