Budapest, October 6 (MTI) – Parliament is set to vote on amending the health-care law to allow the chief medical officer to order asylum seekers to undergo medical screenings during states of crisis due to mass migration or health crises.
Speaking ahead of the parliamentary debate, Bence Retvari, state secretary at the ministry of human resources, said Hungary’s public health situation is currently stable, adding that the growing public health risk stemming from the country’s migration pressure cannot be ignored.
He said there are multiple factors to public health risk: it is unknown if the migrants entering Hungary have any pre-existing health issues or what vaccines they have received, if any. The public health situation in the countries they come from is also unknown, Retvari added.
He noted that the chief medical officer said that fewer than 1,400 asylum seekers have undergone medical screenings in 2015 so far.