The Hungarian Defense Forces have gained a “unique,” cutting-edge “capability,” serving both health in the defense sector and of the civilian population in case of need, Gábor Gion, State Secretary for Defense Strategy and Human Policy at the Ministry of Defense, said on Monday in Budapest at the Hungarian Army Medical Center.
Speaking at the closing event of the HUF 2.5 billion (EUR 6.5 million) EU project for the procurement and installation of laboratory diagnostic equipment and mobile laboratory containers, the state secretary recalled that the Defense and Military Development Program was launched in 2017 with the aim of making the Hungarian Defense Forces the most advanced in the region. As part of this, the capabilities of defense health are also being developed. He stressed that as a valued member of NATO, Hungary will continue to strive for an outstanding contribution to the alliance’s capabilities in the field of health.
He added that they are working to make the new Medical Center efficient, responsive, modern, and dynamic, meeting the expectations of the Hungarian Defense Forces and medical requirements. The EU project that closes today also serves this goal, he said.
Major General Zoltán Schmidt, Deputy Chief of the Defense Staff, said that the development has provided the Defense Forces with a significant, cutting-edge capability at the international and allied levels. He said that some of the laboratory diagnostic equipment purchased is used by the central laboratory of the North Pest Central Hospital – Military Hospital, while the other part of the equipment and the mobile laboratory consisting of two containers is being used by the Research Institute of Epidemiology at the Hungarian Army Medical Center.
As Schmidt said, the development will help to ensure greater epidemiological, public health, and disaster prevention security for the Hungarian population.
It will improve the diagnostic capability of the healthcare system and will contribute to more effective cooperation with disaster management agencies and civilian health institutions in the event of unexpected critical situations or disasters that threaten healthcare,
Via MTI, Featured image: MTI/Bruzák Noémi