Europe seeks to train huge number of doctors to combat next wave of coronavirus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Many countries were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, and hastily retrained medics to work with patients with severe cases of the disease
15:05, 22 June 2020

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Governments of European countries aim to train an army of medical staff for more effective counteraction against Covid-19, as the second wave of the disease appears.

According to Reuters, "across Europe, hospitals have been re-training surgeons, cardiologists, internal medicine physicians and nurses from other departments, and have moved them to intensive care units when needed".

Maurizio Cecconi, the president-elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) put it as clear and short as it may be: "We need a healthcare army". The official explained such a massive training was something that they lacked during the first wave in March and April.

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"The European Commission, the European Union’s executive, funded cross-border transfers of medical staff to the most affected countries at the height of the coronavirus crisis. In April, teams of “flying doctors” were sent from Norway and Romania to Italy. But the experiment has failed to gather much support, and Cecconi said moving doctors from one country to another “should be an option but not the first option,” as language barriers may make them less effective".

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