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Italy is the country in the world with the highest number of deaths as a result of the covid-19-disease. In total, over 15,000 people lost their lives.

the Lombardy region is considered the epicenter for koronautbruddet in Italy. The reporter recently visited hospitals in the region, and describes a desperate shortage of medicine, equipment and health care professionals.

Hit the government has now decided to send a crisis team with the medical staff, consisting of 22 people from Norway. For the avoidance of doubt, the number can be changed up to departure.

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the Decision is a response to a request that came from Italy on Tuesday, informs the ministry of Health to NRK.

the ministry of Health informs that it is a condition of entry that intensivkapasiteten at Norwegian hospitals do not deteriorate. The team consists of employees from different parts of the country, which makes the demand of each hospital is thus small.

High, says the value of the team will be considerably larger in Italy, which is at the top of the koronakrisen.

we do This because Italy has a very great need, while Norway is now in a different situation, where we have the opportunity to help. There is no country in the world that can do this alone, we are going to have to help each other.

High points out that Norway already has received help from doctors in the Lombardy region.

– They have used some of the hours of the short free time they have, to share their experiences with Norwegian doctors and health authorities. This is european solidarity in practice.


the Team is made up of 19 doctors and nurses, as well as three logistikkmedarbeidere, who have volunteered. It will be led by Johnny Rosenvinge, to-day is the inspector in the civil defense in the county of Hordaland.

We will enter and support the local health enterprises in Italy, with the very important personnel. We will certainly be to get us the valuable experiences back to Norway, ” says Aslaksen.

the Team will assist the local health care system in the Lombardy region, is likely to Bergamo, in the four weeks.

Aslaksen said right at the start to work together with the Italian local health professionals, to learn procedures and systems. He also sees that the Norwegian team will be able to work on your own for “a few days or a week”.


Almost 90.000 people are “actively infected” in Italy, and approximately 4000 of these, the condition is critical, according to figures from the worldometers.

– People are very sick and many die. It is the reality you are going into?

– Yes. And that is where we can support well, with the personnel including experience from ebolautbruddet in West Africa, and meslingutbruddet at the end of 2019 to January of this year, ” says Aslaksen.

most in the team have experience from epidemics, but no covid-19 we have no experience with.


people from Norway should be self-contained, with smittevernutstyr and some medical equipment, informs the ministry of health.

It is the Directorate for civil protection and preparedness (DSB), which has responsibility team, in cooperation with the ministry of Health. The EMT team is a part of a contingency scheme that the Uk can offer to international crisis management.

the Team normally has a separate field hospital, but it should not be relevant now. Instead, the Norwegian contribution assist in directly at the Italian hospital.

the Plan is that the Norwegian doctors and nurses traveling to Italy on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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