Separate EU fund needed for refugee healthcare says minister

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Poland's health minister has called for a separate EU fund for the healthcare needs of Ukrainian refugees.

Adam Niedzielski made the call during a sitting of the EU's Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO).

"There must be a separate EU-level fund to secure direct funding for the healthcare and treatment of persons arriving from Ukraine," Niedzielski said.

Later, on Twitter, he said Poland and 10 other EU countries would file a declaration on the subject.

Before the EPSCO sitting, Niedzielski discussed the EU medicare fund proposition with the EU's health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides.

Niedzielski also appealed to the European Commission to activate its CARE II package to aid Ukrainian refugees.

Poland is bearing the brunt of a refugee exodus from Ukraine in the wake of the country's invasion by Russia on February 24. So far, over 2.3 million refugees, mostly women, children and elderly people, have fled Ukraine to Poland.