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23 November 2021, 12:30

EC technical experts visit refugee temporary accommodation point on Belarusian-Polish border

MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) – A group of technical experts of the European Commission visited a temporary accommodation point for refugees in the transport and logistics center on the Belarusian-Polish border on 23 November, BelTA has learned.

The EC experts inspected the accommodation conditions of refugees in the transport and logistics center. Now there are about 1,800 people, including many children and women.

Grodno Oblast Vice Governor Viktor Pranyuk told the experts how accommodation, meals and medical care have been organized for refugees. "We supply food, organized meals in heated tents. The flows of women, children and adults are separated," he said. “Hot meals include tea, porridge with meat. We also distribute grocery packages of canned food, confectionery and fruits and also baby food and diapers for babies.”

Another issue considered during the visit was the organization of healthcare assistance. According to Viktor Pranyuk, two ambulance teams are on standby 24/7. Healthcare workers provide consultations to 40-70 people daily. Patients are hospitalized if needed. There are three children and two adult refugees in hospitals now. One COVID-19 case has been registered, though not in the logistics center. A man with pneumonia was taken to Grodno from Shchuchin District.

Volunteers work to provide refugees with psychological assistance.

Children are given toys to brighten up their stay at the logistics center.

The experts also inspected the places of accommodation of refugees at the hub. About one fifth of the space in the complex has been allocated for refugees. Everyone has been provided with bed linen, including blankets and sleeping bags.

The development of normal living conditions for refugees continues. For example, plans are in place to set up a field bathhouse next to the logistics center today.

After examining the conditions in the logistics center, the experts left without leaving any comments to the press.

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