Mr. Ónodi-Szűcs said that given the current regulations, healthcare authorities went “as far as they could”. He pointed out that Hungary is often being accused of not lending sufficient assistance to migrants, but added that it is very difficult to do so if they refuse the help offered.

He said that basic healthcare facilities are available at the transit zones in the form of health centers for both adults and children operated by the Hungarian Armed Forces. When needed, pediatricians even cross into Serbia or go deeper into Hungary to provide assistance, he said.

Since last April Hungary spent HUF 350 million (EUR 1.2 million) on medical services for migrants, he said, adding that this includes the costs of treatments, drugs, vaccines, screenings and transportation.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Attila Kovács explained that the healthcare system has three main duties: protecting the safety of the population and of those coming in direct contact with the migrants, as well as offering healthcare where needed. Hungary offers migrants the full spectrum of healthcare services available to Hungarian nationals.

In case of suspicion of contagious diseases, migrants are sent to health screenings. However, in the seven months passed this year, only some 350-400 of a total of 4,100 ordered health screenings could be performed, all other migrants have left Hungary, Mr. Kovács explained.

He said that the epidemiological situation is well illustrated by the results of the actually performed screenings, which found infections of syphilis and hepatitis A and C. Due to the poor conditions during their journey, many migrants arrive carrying parasites, he added.

{Source: Government of Hungary/Ministry of Human Capacities-Media Relations}
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