Poland prepares ICU beds for Slovak COVID-19 patients

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The Podhale Specialist Hospital has been made ready to receive Slovak patients suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms. The hospital is ready to provide some of the 200 ICU beds that the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently offered to his Slovak counterpart.

Łukasz Kmita, the Governor of the Malopolskie province in southern Poland, announced on Saturday that Podhale Specialist Hospital is ready for Slovak patients, saying "If the need arises, I declare that we are ready to support the Slovaks, if they need to redirect patients to Poland so that we can treat them."

He added that the decision on whether Slovak patients will be directed to the specific hospital will be eventually taken by the Polish government.

Kmita went on to claim that the necessary gear, personal protective equipment, as well as funds for the expansion of the oxygen system had already been transferred to the hospital which is located in a province that borders with Slovakia.

"In today's Europe, struggling with COVID, we must all be in solidarity and I thank you very much for this solidarity. Cooperation on the southern border between Malopolska and Slovakia is alive," Kmita said.

The hospital's director, Marek Wierzba stated that the facility could make beds available for Slovak patients within 72 hours of a government decision.