Latvia plans to purchase a military field hospital

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The Latvian Defense sector is preparing to purchase a military field hospital, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told Latvian Television January 18.

Asked about a long-term project in the defense sector – the establishment of a military medical sub-unit – the minister said that there is a plan in this respect, so three things need to be resolved.

"This pandemic, as it is commonly in a crisis situation, also brings a fresh look at the things we need. First, I have ordered to plan the purchase of one military hospital in the near future, which is also a logistic issue.

"If there is a crisis, we can adapt and use this field hospital for our own purposes and, if necessary, for the public," said Pabriks.

He said that more complex human resources issues should be addressed at the same time. "Because we have not had military medicine well developed so far, and this requires many years," Pabriks said.

"In such a crisis, we see that once the situation escalates, the eyes of the public are always turning towards the army, and we are the ones from which support is required," added the defense minister.

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