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Migrants on the Polish-Belarus border. The head of the NRL, professor Andrzej Matyja, appeals to allow medics to provide medical aid to migrants

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The President of the Supreme Medical Council, Professor Andrzej Matyja, made an appeal to President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding medical and humanitarian aid for migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border. He assessed that “the present situation is an expression of indifference to the suffering of another person and brings shame to our nation, which has been deprived of rights many times, forced to live in exile and seek help from others”.

“In the face of the dramatic events taking place on the border with Belarus, I am appealing for the permission of medics and humanitarian organizations to help refugees who, driven from their homes, got stuck in ‘no man’s land'” – appealed the president of the Supreme Medical Council, professor Andrzej Matyja in a letter addressed to President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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Professor Andrzej Matyja, president of the Supreme Medical CouncilSupreme Medical Chamber

“I would like to emphasize that I am not referring to the government’s decision to close the borders and introduce a state of emergency in this area. However, the protection of our country should not exclude providing help and showing empathy to those in need” – he said.

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The head of the Supreme Medical Council calls for allowing medics to help refugees

Professor Matyja assessed that “the present situation is an expression of indifference to the suffering of others and brings shame to our nation, which has been deprived of rights many times, forced to live in exile and seek help from others”.

“This help was given to us, just as we have given it in the past. What example will we set for future generations of Poles if we do not reach out to the needy now?” – asked the president of the NRL.

August 21, 2021. Border guards and Polish Army soldiers at the border with Belarus near the town of Usnarz Górny near KrynekArtur Reszko / PAP

“I am appealing only for permission for us, doctors, to fulfill the Hippocratic Oath that we are bound by, including the following fragment: to the best of my knowledge, counteract suffering and prevent disease, and help the sick without any differences, such as race, religion, nationality, views political, property status and others, with the sole purpose of their good and showing them due respect “- emphasized professor Matyja. “Together, let us prove that Poland really strives to be part of the world without discrimination, without offending human dignity, a world based on interpersonal and interstate solidarity,” wrote the President of the Supreme Medical Council, addressing President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

State of emergency on the eastern borderPAP

Main photo source: Artur Reszko / PAP



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