Norwegian crisis team extends mission in Greece by three weeks to provide support

Johnny AslaksenJohnny Aslaksen is team leader of the Norwegian medical team that will assist the Greek authorities after the fire in the Moria camp on Lesbos.Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

The Norwegian health team that went to Greece last week to provide assistance after the Moria refugee camp fires will remain there for three additional weeks.

“We have decided to extend the assignment at the request of the WHO and Greek authorities,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) noted in a press release.

The team consists of 22 people from Norway who are currently assisting the local health service.

Supporting Greek efforts

Out of the 22, 17 of them are health workers, including midwives and pediatricians.

The remaining five work with management, security, logistics, and communication.

“By extending Norway’s mission, we contribute to meeting the acute humanitarian needs of Lesvos,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said.

The team will be in Greece until October 26, during the transitional phase through which the Greek authorities will secure their own coverage.

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