The European Commission has signed a contract to fund training courses for medical staff in EU countries who do not normally work in intensive care units so that they can be integrated into these services during the pandemic.
In a statement, the European executive reported that 2.5 million from the Emergency Instrument will be used to strengthen intensive care units, which seem even more necessary amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With this program, Brussels wants to cover 1,000 hospitals and 10,000 doctors and nurses across the EU. The aim is to increase the ability of intensive care units to act in the face of a coronavirus boom in the coming months after the demand for these services in the EU rose 30% during the first wave of the virus.
“With this decision, we show our commitment and support to the workers on the front lines. We will help with basic training to ensure that workers can help specialists in intensive care units in times of crisis,” said Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.
Cypriot policy has insisted that Brussels will do everything in its power to assist Member States in their efforts to fight the pandemic and improve their responsiveness through the emergency tool.