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– I would estimate that it would cost over five billion to buy into the new all we got rid of us by then, ” says Day Furniture to NRK.

He is a specialist in I and was commander of the Military medical corp from 2007 to 2009. The equipment he refers to, is the military hospitals and the medical equipment Norway had once included in the event of war.

But with the reorganisation of the Armed forces around the year 2000 disappeared mostly. And with it also the valuable equipment that could have been put into the fight against koronaviruset.

Then sanitetssjef in Norway, Dag Hjelle, photographed in 2008. He tells that the Armed forces have disposed large quantities of equipment that could have been inserted in the fight against koronaviruset.

Photo: Morten Holm / Scanpix be Able to assist in emergencies

right up to the end of the 1990s, we had 37 light field hospital. In addition, it was long stored medical beredskapsutstyr in many places in the country, ” he says.

Feltsykehusene would take the wounded soldiers before they were sent to better-equipped civilian hospital. But they could also be provided for other missions. It was laid down in mutual agreements about assistance with major crises and disasters, explains the Furniture.

our Equipment demanded a bit more personnel. It could in no way replace the civilians. But it could certainly have been with on to relieve and supplement them in the situation we now find ourselves, believe Hjelle.

It could either happen through direct treatment of the infected, or by taking care of other patients and injuries. On the way it would release much-needed capacity and sleeps up to koronapasienter. With the insides from the field hospital could temporary reception easily established in sports centres, nursing homes, hotels or similar.

Compared with ordinary hospitals were the facilities fairly simple. But it was robust and reliable. We could perform the most operations, simple interventions, and wound care, ” he says.

In addition, the Defense also six forhåndsrekvirerte ship that was intended as a hospital ship. Danskefergen “Peter Wessel” could alone receive around 1500 patients with private emergency services, monitoring and pleieavdeling.

This scheme was gradually closed in the 2000s. Today, it is not.

Passasjerfergen “Peter Wessel” was one of six forhåndsrekvirerte ships in a crisis would act as a hospital ship.

Photo: Carl Martin Nordby Respiratorer and infectious disease

In its own sanitetsdepoter was it also stored the equipment, one can now experience the lack of. For example, mention Hjelle respiratorer and different types of smittevernutstyr and medications. It is now in demand all over the world.

– The exact number I do not know, but we took height for that all feltsykehusene be able to get such equipment. Today had a lot of this equipment has been outdated, but we had continued this beredskapstanken so had it been updated, explains the Furniture.

Currently, there are enough respiratorer to meet the need. But today is over 100 people connected to a respirator. It constitutes a fairly large proportion of the approximately 550 respiratorene to intensivbruk found in Norway.

At the Naf store, it was also large amounts of smittevernutstyr at all levels. There were also medications one knew it could be lack of in times of crisis.

With the huge demand and long delivery time, could the Defence material probably been a welcome contribution.

First and foremost, we had a completely different understanding of the kind of situation we see now. We rehearsed regularly at such scenarios and knew what we needed to survive war and disaster, whether it comes to food, medications, energy or information. It is important, also with regard to upcoming situations, ” says Hjelle.

the End of the cold war also marked the end of a comprehensive medical emergency preparedness in Norway.

At the peak of the Defense scheduled with 37 fully equipped field hospital. Here, it could be carried out mostly by medical intervention.

Photo: Johanna Garli / Defense / Johanna Garli / Defense Roll, sold or lent away

In the years from 1997 and until 1999, both equipment and contingency plans phased out. Several sources in the Defense NRK have talked with, say it almost became a competition to get rid with the equipment as quickly as possible.

Hospital that was fully usable, but expensive to maintain and to save, were thrown away or sold. They were also loaned out through various charities, never to come back.

Internally in the Norwegian Armed forces, it was fought hard to retain the parts of the material. Among other things, it was a strong desire to keep the two major medical beredskapslagre, and to acquire a large, new field hospital.

But this was not heard.

Forward to 2003 had the Defense in practice no medical krigsberedskap. When was it procured a new and modern surgical device. The defense now has three containerbaserte field hospital. Each with about 50 beds.

– Much remains to be done

The great transformation in the Armed forces happened quite suddenly around the turn of the millennium. It took a little height for the type of crises you now see. It was driven by acute financial problems, and many children broke out with the bath water, ” says Magnus Håkenstad.

He is a researcher at the Institute for defence studies. Together with colleague Olav Bogen he has written the book “Balancing act” about the realignment of the Armed forces at the end of the 90’s.

Magnus Håkenstad is a researcher at the Institute for defence studies. He says the Armed forces to a small extent took the height of the civil crises during the 2000s.

Photo: IFS

He says the emergency preparedness in Norway reached a bottom, both civilian and military, around 2010. But as a result of 22. July and several other events, the emergency preparedness come more in the wind, he believes.

But Haakenstad points out at the same time that there is much that is still not in place.

– Medical can enough the Armed forces contribute with something, but hardly enough to be a “gamechanger”. Saniteten shall cover the Naf to the immediate needs at the front. They draw largely personnel from the civilian health care system, ” he says.

He is hoping for a further upswing for all readiness, also for the military. He believes korona-the crisis will teach us very much about the community’s vulnerabilities and resistance. It is very valuable and will make us better equipped to face the next crisis, he believes.

– In this pandemic, there is no Defense, it stands and falls on the. But in the next crisis will perhaps be velutrustet defense be the most important thing we have.

the Norwegian contribution

Korona-the pandemic puts already the Norwegian emergency preparedness on a large sample. The fear of the disease has led to that the government has introduced the most stringent measures the country has seen in peacetime.

And in the national dugnaden to limit the contagion is also part of Defense.

Among other things, helps the Defense more hospitals with tents for the reception of the infected. In addition, the participating nurses in the Emergency Kommunikasjonssentralen in Stavanger. The home guard also helps with security and border control.

the Major Change Nedberg in the Armed medic. He says they in principle have the same readiness as before, but confirms that the capacity is reduced.

Photo: Defense

In an e-mail reply communication manager Change Nedberg at the Norwegian medic this:

“I want to emphasise that there is a good dialogue between the Armed forces and the civilian authorities. The armed forces relate to the established procedures for support of civil society. Assistance and subsidies are routed through the civilian authorities tverrprioritering before they are processed by the Defense at the FOH (Norwegian joint headquarters)”.

He also writes that all the materials are reported to the authorities. This also applies to smittevernutstyr.

at the same time, Nedberg open that the capacity is less today than 20 years ago.

“Less capacity”

Through several changes over the last 30 years is the Defense significantly reduced. This also applies to medical and helsekapasiteter, explains Nedberg.

He says today’s readiness, in principle, is the same as before, and with the same obligations. “What has changed is the capacity. Military capacity is significantly reduced, and the alignment of the structure has been departments that could solve the missions internationally”, he writes .

It means that feltsykehusene to a small extent are provided with materials to treat patients who need intensive pleiebehandling over time. The focus is now larger on the internal needs:

“the Change has led to reduced capacity in support functions, such as medical and health service represents, and a significant reinforcement of the emergency ability for stridsrelaterte injuries”.

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