Hungary is sending 40 ventilators, 1,650 noninvasive ventilation (NIV) masks and 3,000 packages of the drug favipiravir to 20 hospitals in Romania, mostly in Transylvania, to aid the country in its management of the coronavirus epidemic, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday.
Considering that the epidemic knows no boundaries, the success of epidemic management in neighbouring countries greatly contributes to the success of Hungary’s epidemic response efforts, he said.
He added that a fourth wave of the epidemic was raging across Europe and countries with low vaccination rates, such as Romania, could easily get in trouble.
Many patients in Romania need invasive treatment and many of the hospitals find it hard to cope, he said. Consultations on the best ways to help are ongoing between representatives of the Hungarian government and the Romanian government, including many ethnic Hungarians, such as Deputy Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen and Health Minister Attila Cseke, he added.
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