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As the anniversary of the Russian invasion approaches, the East Hospital continues to admit severely injured Ukrainian soldiers

As the sad anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches, the Riga East University Hospital (the East Hospital) for the 11th time admits the soldiers who were severely wounded in the Ukrainian war, brought back by the aid bus organised by the charity project. This time, 11 wounded soldiers made the long journey to Latvia, including one soldier who had been captured and tortured.

For the eleventh time, the aid bus has brought Ukrainian soldiers seriously injured in Russia’s war against Ukraine to the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic (NMPUK) of the East Hospital – this time they came on the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

“We are determined to continue providing our assistance to the victims in Ukraine for as long as it takes, contributing to the fight against evil, thus strengthening and safeguarding democracy in Latvia as well. We are very grateful to those who organise this aid and to our doctors, nursing staff and other employees for their selfless work in treating war victims,” says Normunds Stanevičs, Chairman of the Board of the East Hospital.

This time, a total of 11 soldiers wounded in war have made the long journey to Latvia’s largest hospital. All patients underwent a comprehensive health screening – various laboratory tests, including the possible presence of multidrug-resistant infections, as they can quickly flare up and spread in war.

The patients were welcomed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nursing staff from the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic, Clinic of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Clinic of General and Emergency Surgery, Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery and Rehabilitation Clinic.

To counter the crippling effects of war injuries, doctors from the Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery at the East Hospital will consult three patients on an outpatient basis, continuing to monitor their condition after complicated surgical and microsurgical operations. It is planned that the former captive will receive targeted psychological assistance at the Social Integration State Agency, while seven patients will be transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre Vaivari for further long-term rehabilitation.

Bringing patients to the East Hospital has been made possible due to a private initiative – the activities of Arvis Rekets and Mārtiņš Medinieks, founders of the charity project. The Charitable Foundation of Georgy Logvinsky, which operates in Ukraine, has equipped and rebuilt a bus to transport these patients.

About the East Hospital 

Riga East University Hospital is the largest and most strategically important multi-profile hospital in the country. The hospital consists of five hospitals: Gaiļezers, Oncology Centre of Latvia, Biķernieki, Centre for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and Infectology Centre of Latvia with centres and clinics of different profiles. The hospital provides highly specialised inpatient and secondary outpatient healthcare, providing multidisciplinary tertiary-level treatment and care in line with modern technologies and medical knowledge. The hospital provides treatment for about 80% of all cancer patients in Latvia. The hospital provides a practical training base for both Latvian and foreign students and provides continued professional development and knowledge transfer for health professionals in our country and abroad. The hospital carries out scientific research and develops innovative methods for treating patients. The hospital is the third largest employer in the country, with around 5,000 employees.