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Defence Min: Army Development Must Continue Despite Epidemic to Guarantee Security

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.21.

Hungary’s army development programme must continue despite the epidemic situation in order to guarantee the security of the country and the people, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő said on Thursday.

The army contributes to protective efforts against the coronavirus epidemic, with nearly 1,400 soldiers assisting in the operation of 29 hospitals and 93 other health institutions, he told public Kossuth radio.

Soldiers carry out disinfection tasks when necessary and also help police in border protection, he added. The pressure of migration is increasing on the southern borders, with an increasing number of migrants trying to enter Hungary illegally, he added.

Coronavirus: Soldiers to Help out in 93 Hospitals from Monday
Coronavirus: Soldiers to Help out in 93 Hospitals from Monday

Soldiers will be helping out staff in 93 hospitals around Hungary from Monday, fulfilling duties linked to protection measures against the novel coronavirus epidemic, the defence minister said. The soldiers will not carry out tasks that require medical training but they will be involved primarily in physical and logistics work, also helping out with measuring […]Continue reading

When Hungary joined NATO, it made a commitment to participate in international cooperation frameworks, Benkő said. As part of this, soldiers get trained on international know-how and methodology, he said.

In recent years, nearly 1,000 officers participated in various international training schemes and educational programmes to meet the requirements of their positions, he said.

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