PHOTO: Norwegian ambulance aircraft to pick up patients from Ukraine

Ambulance aircraft UkrainePhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB

A Norwegian ambulance aircraft will retrieve seriously ill patients from Ukraine.

The plane was shown to journalists and photographers at Gardermoen on Friday.

The adapted Cessna aircraft can accommodate two lying and one to three seated patients of all ages.

It can transport various sorts of patients – from cancer patients to serious trauma patients and patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, director Steinar Olsen in the Norwegian Directorate of Health told NTB.

Patients will be flown to different Norwegian hospitals depending on condition and capacity.

Along the way, they will be cared for by personnel from the health team NOR-EMT, which is developed and certified according to WHO’s international standards. The team has previously contributed to international efforts in both Congo and Samoa.

Anesthesiologist Andreas E. Hansen and anesthesia nurse Hege Anita Aastrøm. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

RescEU scheme

The ambulance aircraft is part of the European RescEU scheme.

“The development of this service has been an important strategic collaboration with the EU to develop for both national and international health preparedness,” Olsen stated.

The EU has covered around three quarters of the cost of equipment and certification.

“This capacity has such a high cost that it would be expensive for an individual country. Therefore, the RescEU scheme is an important European initiative that distributes the costs among all EU countries,” Olsen said.

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