According to the National Armed Forces Medical Security concept approved this year, the defense industry has launched the development of expandable military medical sub-units in order to create additional facilities for providing medical assistance in both military and civilian crisis situations.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has indicated the need to strengthen military medical capacity as well. The sub-units of military medics will also be able to provide medical assistance to the population if, for example, a crisis has caused the healthcare system to be overloaded.
Similarly, military medical sub-units will be able to provide emergency medical and surgical assistance to victims in potential military or other civilian crisis situations," Defense Minister Artis Pabriks was quoted in the statement.
The activities of the sub-units of military medicine will be expanded throughout Latvia. They will ensure the temporary accommodation of victims or patients and the provision of emergency medical assistance.
The development of military medical sub-units is a long-term project which will be composed of qualified medical practitioners who already work in the medical institutions of units of armed forces and those working in civil medical institutions and serving in the National Guard.