As the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) General Staff toils at replacing “ATO” for “JFO” in its procedure for engaging volunteer medics in the Joint Forces Operation, medics of the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital carry on their mission in Eastern Ukraine. During the June PFVMH rotation, they provided care to civilian and military patients in 3,412 cases.
Eight volunteer doctors worked in civil health care institutions of Donetsk Oblast’s Avdiyivka and Luhansk Oblast’s Popasna and Stanytsya Luhanska. Two more, in a mobile dental clinic, served civilians and combatants (the Ukrainian Volunteer Army) on the territory of Novoaydar District in Luhansk Oblast. And twelve volunteer medics of the PFVMH reinforced the AFU units’ medical service at the front as medical evacuation teams.
The PFVMH medevac teams served almost 300 patients or 100 individuals (85 servicemen plus 15 civilians). The most common types of their medical assistance were outpatient treatment (243 cases) and consultations (22). Volunteer medics went for medical evacuation four times as well as treated five wounded and one shell-shocked soldiers. There were five surgical interventions and eight cases of primary surgical management of wound. Seven servicemen were hospitalized.
Medevac members also routinely accompanied mine clearing at the Donetsk Filter Plant in Avdiyivka.
In total, the PFVMH medevac teams have provided medical care to 2,107 patients over the first half of 2018.