On Friday, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said Germany would provide medical aid to war victims in Ukraine. This initiative will include the construction of trauma centers throughout the country for the injured, as well as the donation of prosthetic limbs and the deployment of trained German doctors to help Ukrainian soldiers and the population.
During a trip to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, the minister said Ukraine needed humanitarian aid as much as military support. In addition to providing prostheses, Germany will deploy 200 doctors to Ukraine, set up training for the treatment of burns and connect some Ukrainian hospitals to a telemedicine system, the ministry said in a statement.
Ottobock, the largest German manufacturer of artificial limbs, is already in talks with the Ministry of Health to produce and fit prostheses in mobile workshops as well as to train orthopedic specialists there.
Ottobock maintains partnerships in Ukraine and continues to supply products there, and the container workshops would allow supplies to be delivered wherever the network has been destroyed in wartime.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, several hundred attacks on health facilities have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The German government has provided more than 100 million euros ($105.76 million) in medical aid to Ukraine so far, and the German healthcare industry has also donated more than 100 million. euros, the ministry said.
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