Polish medical delegation essential says Chicago medical society head

The mission started with a visit to the McCormick Place Convention Center, the largest field hospital in Chicago, where the Polish doctors worked alongside their US counterparts to treat Covid-19 patients, Rudnicki said. McCormick Place/Facebook

The mission of Polish military doctors in Chicago is vital in helping their peers in the daily fight against the coronavirus, Marek Rudnicki President of Polish-American Medical Society (ZLP) in the US city told PAP.

The nine-member team from Poland's Military Institute of Medicine, who previously helped doctors in Italy’s Lombardy region, arrived in the US on April 27 for a week-long visit to share their knowledge of Covid-19 treatment with their colleagues working in various hospitals of Illinois.

The mission started with a visit to the McCormick Place Convention Center, the largest field hospital in Chicago, where the Polish doctors worked alongside their US counterparts to treat Covid-19 patients, Rudnicki said.

In his opinion, "it's extremely important that people with experience in the fight against Covid-19 in Italy, where hundreds of people die in the space of one day, are now here." He added that the Polish delegation has also come to see how the United States is dealing with the pandemic and learn about the organisation of the health care system and crisis management centres in the host country.

In the course of their US mission, Polish doctors are visiting intensive care units of various hospitals and SARS-CoV-2 testing centres. They also share their knowledge through seminars and webinars with medical institutions including the John H. Stroger Hospital, Cermak Health – Cook County, and the Rush University Medical Center, the head of the ZLP in Chicago told PAP. He added that Governor of Illinois Jay Robert Pritzker "said many very warm words" about the Polish team during a press conference on the mission.