58 migrants, including 19 children, were assisted in the Independent Public Healthcare Center in Sokółka. – The most common reasons for admitting children were hypothermia and pneumonia, and in adults: hypothermia, abdominal pain, weakness, superficial injuries, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea and chest pain – lists the director of the facility.
The situation on the border with Belarus has not changed all the time. There are more and more cases in which migrants try to enter the territory of Poland. They are mostly people from the Middle East and Africa.
Migrant groups include not only adults, but also children. – Yesterday we detained a pregnant woman who had 13 children with her. These weren’t her children. It seems that they were separated from their families and forcibly pushed to the Polish side. Half of these children were hospitalized because they are ill with COVID-19, said Tomasz Praga, commander-in-chief of the Border Guard, on Monday.
Migrants hit to hospital in Białystok. Every day, as reported by Mateusz Grzymkowski, a TVN24 reporter, two or three migrant children go to this facility.
Most common reason: hypothermia
But migrants with children also go to other institutions. According to TVN24, Jerzy Kułakowski, director of SP ZOZ in Sokółka, from August 6, 2021 to September 30, by 2 p.m., they provided benefits to 58 migrants. Among them there are 19 children. Most of them are citizens of Iraq, and to a lesser extent, Syria, Afghanistan and African countries.
– The most common reasons for admitting children were hypothermia and pneumonia, and in adults: hypothermia, abdominal pain, weakness, superficial injuries, infection of the upper respiratory tract, nausea, chest pain – the udder.
It is not known whether these people include children) who camped in front of the Border Guard post in Michałów on Monday. – The hospital does not have information on the place where the migrants were detained – said Kułakowski.
We recall that on Monday morning 26 Iraqi citizens were detained in the village of Szymki, including women and children who have illegally crossed the Polish-Belarusian border.
– These people were transported to the Border Guard post in Michałów in order to verify their health condition and to check the conditions and purpose of their entry into our country – Zdanowicz reports.
On Wednesday, the spokeswoman for the Podlasie Border Guard Unit said in an interview with TVN24 reporter Marta Abramczyk that “the procedure was applied to migrants in accordance with the regulation”. However, she did not explain the further fate of the returned group.
“Humanitarian crisis” at the border strip
The state of emergency in the border zone with Belarus, i.e. in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces, is in force from September 2 to October 2 and covers 183 localities. The government has already announced that it wants to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days. President Duda has already announced that apply to the Sejm for an extension of the state of emergency.
Journalists do not have access to the area of the state of emergency and cannot cover events in the area. Representatives of aid organizations, medics and lawyers are also not allowed to stay there. They are appealing to let them help migrants.
The European Court of Human Rights decided that Poland must provide migrants staying at the Polish-Belarusian border with food, clothes, medical care, and access to contact with lawyers. Two attorneys, a legal advisor and an interpreter despite this were not admitted to migrants on Tuesday.
Janina Ochojska, the founder of the Polish Humanitarian Organization, signaled last week that at the border “we are dealing with a huge humanitarian crisis”. – I would like us all to understand that what is happening on this border will bear our responsibility. We are responsible for it. We, Polish citizens, she said. She emphasized that the migrants staying there are not “illegal people”.
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