Health Minister: Jēkabpils hospital's evacuation a good lesson

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The evacuation of patients during the weekend from Jēkabpils Regional Hospital due to flood hazards was a very important lesson, the Minister for Health, Līga Meņģelsone, stated in the Latvian Television broadcast “Rīta panorāma” on Januart 16.

On Friday, January 13, the Jēkabpils regional hospital launched an emergency response mode, or increased preparedness and response, based on information provided by the Civil Protection Commission on flood hazards. On Saturday, 33 Jēkabpils regional hospital patients were transferred to hospitals in Rēzekne, Daugavpils, and Aizkraukle, the agency LETA was informed by the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD).

Meņģelsone said that this weekend was "a very big test for our services and for the management of Jēkabpils Hospital, […] as to how prepared we are for this situation. The conclusion is that there was a peaceful, balanced and timely evacuation from the hospital.

"If there were 138 patients with varying degrees of severity on Friday at [Jēkabpils Hospital], they are currently four. It was a very important lesson for us to analyze. A good example of how services work with local government and national guards, all systems work very well. "

On Monday, full work was restored at the Jēkabpils regional hospital, hospital representative Ervīns Keišs told Latvian Radio. High-priority patients, who were delivered to Daugavpils, Rēzekne and Aizkraulkle hospitals on Friday due to flood risks, are being monitored.

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