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For the tenth time, severely injured Ukraine war victims have arrived for treatment at the Riga East University Hospital

In The Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic of Riga East University Hospital (hereinafter – the East Hospital), individuals severely affected by the war in Ukraine have been admitted for the tenth time, brought in by the aid bus organized through the charity project This time, 25 injured individuals made the long journey to Latvia, including a twelve-year-old child who will undergo further treatment at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital, as well as two patients who have been in captivity and subjected to torture.

Aleksejs Višņakovs, the head of the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic, pointed out, “It is crucial to realize that these are severely affected predominantly young individuals who have sustained injuries that are both physical and psycho-emotional consequences of the warfare. Within the framework of this aid programme, the East Hospital provides the necessary multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation.”

For the tenth time, Ukrainian soldiers severely affected by the Russian war against Ukraine have been brought to the East Hospital with the aid bus organized by the charity project After examinations and health assessments at the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic, six of them continue treatment at the East Hospital, while the rest, depending on the nature of their injuries, have been transported to other medical institutions in Latvia.

In total, 25 war victims have made the long journey to Latvia’s largest hospital this time. A multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, including doctors of various specialities and nursing staff, welcomed the patients to the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic. Comprehensive health screenings were conducted for all patients, involving various laboratory tests, including the examination for the possible presence of multidrug-resistant infections, as they can rapidly emerge and spread in wartime conditions.

To prevent the debilitating consequences of war injuries, six soldiers will receive treatment in specialized clinics at the East Hospital. They will undergo several complex and sequential surgical, microsurgical, and ophthalmological procedures. The injured individuals will be treated in the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic, the General and Emergency Surgery Clinic, the Ophthalmology Clinic, as well as the Rehabilitation Clinic at the East Hospital. Throughout the entire treatment process, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and functional experts will work with the patients to facilitate a faster recovery after extensive surgeries. Two patients are to receive targeted psychological assistance, while 13 patients will be transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari” for further long-term rehabilitation, but three patients will continue their recovery in the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic. Meanwhile, the twelve-year-old child will continue treatment at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital.

It is the private initiative by the founders of the charity project, Arvis Rekets and Mārtiņš Medinieks that made it possible to transport the patients affected by the war in Ukraine to the East Hospital. Meanwhile, the Georgy Logvinsky Charity Foundation in Ukraine has equipped and renovated a bus used for the transportation of these patients.

About the East Hospital 

The Riga East University Hospital is the largest and strategically significant multi-profile hospital in the country. The hospital consists of five inpatient facilities – “Gaiļezers”, “Latvian Oncology Centre” , “Biķernieki”, “Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Centre”, and “Latvian Infectious Diseases Centre”, along with various specialised centres and clinics. The hospital provides highly specialised inpatient and secondary outpatient healthcare, offering multidisciplinary tertiary-level treatment and care in line with modern technology and medical knowledge. Approximately 80% of all cancer patients in Latvia are treated at the hospital. It serves as a practical training base for both Latvian educational institutions and foreign students, providing further education and knowledge transfer to healthcare specialists within and beyond the country. The hospital engages in scientific research and develops innovative methods for patient treatment. As the third-largest employer in the country, the hospital employs around 5000 staff members.