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News

17.03.2020

Edvard Peperko Barracks provides accommodation facilities for people during the epidemic

On Tuesday, 17 March Matej Tonin, MSc, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Brigadier General Robert Glavaš and Commander of the Civil Protection Service of the Republic of Slovenia Srečko Šestan visited the Edvard Peperko Barracks to examine the field medical care unit and the ROLE 2 medical treatment facility.

According to Minister Tonin, Civil Protection Service and Slovenian Armed Forces teams had set up these capabilities in 72 hours and will use them according to the needs expressed in the following days and weeks.

The field medical care unit and the medical treatment facility on the premises of the Edvard Peperko Barracks have been set up in accordance with the agreement reached at a Crisis Staff leadership meeting. Minister of Defence, Matej Tonin, MSc, thanked the Civil Protection Service, volunteers and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces for setting up the facilities with a total of 140 beds in 72 hours. The purpose for which the facilities would be used is yet to be determined, explained the Minister. One of the options suggested by the directors of hospitals and other health care institutions was to use these facilities for blood donors.

According to Tonin, if the number of patients continued to grow exponentially, this facility could become essential for their treatment as early as within two weeks; however, he expressed his hope that this would not be the case. If the government measures are successful, the capacities of the Ljubljana and Maribor University Medical Centres and at the Golnik Clinic with a total of 250 beds should be sufficient to provide care of severe patients, he stressed. Asked by the media representatives about the tasks of the military in the epidemic, the Minister explained that, in accordance with its mission, the Slovenian Armed Forces would provide support to other national authorities and engage its personnel as appropriate and in accordance with the law.

The field medical care unit provides 40 beds for severe and 80 beds for less severe patients, and the ROLE 2 medical treatment facility provides 20 beds. The medical complex is separated from the accommodation facilities of Slovenian Armed Forces members.

Brigadier General Robert Glavaš acknowledged the effort of members of the Slovenian Armed Forces Logistics Brigade and Force Command who first dismantled the medical treatment facility in Maribor and then reassembled it, all in 72 hours. Additionally, Commander of the Civil Protection Service of the Republic of Slovenia Srečko Šestan thanked both members of the Civil Protection Service as well as volunteers from the Slovenian Red Cross, scouts and others who helped set up the field medical care unit for 120 patients.