Italy bids farewell to Russian medics

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – May 13, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian armed forces’ nuclear, biological and chemical protection (NBCP) troops deputy chief major general Sergei Kikot held a working meeting with the Italian land forces’ operational support forces commander corps general Giuseppenicola Tota, Tuesday, corps general Tota said goodbye to the Russian servicemen and noted the importance of the joint work of the Russian and Italian military specialists in the fight against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) related infection.

According to an official statement, during the meeting, which was held in the building of the headquarters of the operational command to support the Italian land forces in Verona City, major general Sergei Kikot left an entry in the book of honoured visitors of the operational command.

The mayor of Verona Federico Sboarina also met with Russian military experts, who wished them a successful return home and expressed gratitude for the support of Italy in difficult times.

On May 8, a combined detachment of military specialists of the Russian defence ministry began returning to their homeland after completing tasks to assist in the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection in Italy.

The aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian aerospace forces (RAF) have already completed 6 sorties and delivered to the Russian Federation more than 40 military personnel and 12 pieces of special equipment.

On May 12, it is planned to make two flights and deliver 14 military personnel and three pieces of special military equipment to Russia.

From March 22 to May 7, 2020, NBCP troops specialists of the Russian defence ministry, together with the Italian military, carried out a complete disinfection of boarding houses for the elderly and other facilities in about 100 localities in the Italian region of Lombardy and the province of Brescia.

120 buildings and structures were processed, more than one million 200 thousand square meters of internal premises, more than 500 thousand square meters of paved roads.

With the start of the operation of the field hospital in Bergamo on April 6, Russian military medics took treatment for 115 patients with coronavirus infection, 76 patients recovered and were discharged.

To work in the field hospital from the Russian side, 8 medical and nursing teams consisting of 32 medical specialists were involved, who performed the reception and treatment of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) and departments for the treatment of patients with mild and moderate severity.

The duty of medical and nursing teams is organised around the clock in three shifts.