The Hungarian government has set up a humanitarian council tasked with coordinating the aid operation of government agencies and charities to help refugees from Ukraine, the government’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The body is headed by Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, and comprises representatives of public and higher education, the social sector and healthcare, child protection, regional administration, labour, transport, the policy for Hungarians beyond the borders and the Hungary Helps humanitarian aid programme, Alexandra Szentkirályi told a press conference in Budapest.
Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and state relations, said he had met the head of UNHCR’s Regional Representation on Tuesday who thanked him for Hungary’s contribution. Another meeting is planned for Sunday, he said.
Meanwhile, Hungary’s government is providing health and hospital care to refugees fleeing Ukraine who need it, the human resources ministry said on Wednesday. Hospital workers of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, in north-eastern Hungary, have set up registration points at the border crossings, providing medical care to refugees and testing them for Covid, the ministry said in a statement.
If a refugee is not vaccinated against Covid, they are offered the jab,
the ministry said. Those with chronic illnesses are ensured access to their life-saving medicines. The health points are operating around the clock, the ministry said.