AMDA Emergency Relief #12: Crisis in Ukraine (March 30, 2022) – Hungary
At the medical outpost in the Hungarian border town of Beregsurany, the *AMDA-TICO joint relief team treated about 15 patients a day. The team is on call 24/7 to attend to various medical needs of the Ukrainian evacuees. So far, complaints such as stress-related abdominal pain and digestive problems as well as colds have often been observed in patients. The team also cooperates with several aid organizations and partners when it comes to caring for emergency patients. The following cases are some of the patients the team has treated so far:
1) A patient with epilepsy:
The team took care of a patient who was having epileptic seizures. Dehydrated and exhausted, the patient immediately received rehydration therapy. Although the condition temporarily improved, the patient’s body temperature rose to 38 degrees Celsius, which did not decrease the next day. Since the patient had to go to Budapest for personal reasons, the patient was accompanied by medical staff in a van on the further journey.
2) A woman with back pain:
The team paid particular attention to a woman suffering from severe anxiety. It is said that she is concerned about her family’s whereabouts in Ukraine. Doctors, nurses and psychotherapists keep an eye on them, especially at night.
3) A patient with malignant lymphoma:
One day at 7 a.m. a patient complaining of fever visited the outpost. The patient had been diagnosed with malignant lymphoma before leaving Ukraine. The team immediately prescribed a fever reducer and decided to transfer the patient to a specialized hospital. After the patient received a full-body ultrasound, an AMDA doctor explained the condition to the patient’s family. Accompanied by a local doctor, the patient was later taken to the hospital in an ambulance belonging to a French rescue team.
AMDA nurses have been caring for evacuees and volunteers at the support center; and if needed, they offer foot spa treatments and massages to relieve their fatigue.
In the border town of Zahony, AMDA-TICO is providing medical assistance at a local train station where trains from Ukraine arrive daily. The team worked three hours a day (from 5:00 p.m.) according to the train timetable. On March 25, although one of the doctors was on call with local medical staff, they were unable to see a patient because the train didn’t arrive on time.
On the 28th, a nurse and a coordinator from AMDA-TICO paid a visit to the mayor of Zahony to thank him for the support offered to the team.
AMDA signs a partnership agreement with a local partner:
On March 28, AMDA signed a partnership agreement with Várda Hagyományőrző, Kulturális Egyesület. The organization is affiliated with Karpatalja Haz (based in Kisvarda) who has worked with AMDA-TICO in providing support to hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Ukraine. Through this partnership, a plan is underway to send fresh food to war-torn areas.
*For this mission, AMDA is partnering with TICO, a humanitarian NGO based in Tokushima, Japan.