Poland is ready to help Czechs amid pandemic - dep health min

Kraska also recalled that such aid has already been provided to Slovakia, and that three Slovak patients have already receiving treatment in Polish hospitals. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland is ready to assist the Czechs in their fight against Covid-19, the deputy health minister said on Saturday.

The Czech Health Ministry announced on Friday that the Czech Republic has activated the international aid mechanism and asked Germany, Switzerland and Poland to cooperate in the placement of Covid-19 patients in these countries. Hospitals in the Czech Republic are overcrowded.

"We have designated hospitals which will help. The Slovaks and Czechs stress that these are patients who unfortunately require ventilator care, which means they are in quite a difficult condition," Waldemar Kraska told private broadcaster Polsat News.

The Polish government is waiting for a signal from the Czech side as to “when the first patient will arrive,” he said. And added that Poland's Lower Silesia province also declared its willingness to help.

Kraska also recalled that such aid has already been provided to Slovakia, and that three Slovak patients have already receiving treatment in Polish hospitals.