Israeli health minister visits wounded Ukrainian soldiers in Israel for medical treatment

Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz with wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz on Thursday visited Ukrainian soldiers seriously injured in the war with Russia who had arrived in Israel to receive specialized medical treatment.

“I am touched to meet Alexander and Danilo, two Ukrainian soldiers with amputated hands, who will receive full rehabilitation here,” Horowitz said during a visit to Sheba Medical Center in Israel. “Soon we will receive more injured people and we will also treat Ukrainian children with cancer – all within the aid program, of course.”

The announcement of the humanitarian initiative comes just days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Israel saying it was ‘in shock’ of Jerusalem failure at send anti-missile systems from kyiv to help fight Russian attacks.

As part of the medical rehabilitation program launched by the Israeli Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a total of 20 Ukrainian servicemen who were seriously injured during the Russian aggression will be airlifted to the country and given medical care. The first two Ukrainian amputees arrived in Israel earlier this week to receive specialized medical care, including prosthetics and rehabilitation.

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September 29, 2022 4:07 p.m.

The Foreign Ministry said the initiative was part of “Israel’s humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its unique experience in rehabilitating injured and amputee people in Israel.”

The Israeli government said it had transferred “millions of shekels” to the Health Ministry to fund medical treatment for injured Ukrainians at hospitals in the country specializing in rehabilitation.

“Each injured person will be assigned to the appropriate medical facility best suited to treat the nature of the injury and ensure rehabilitation, in coordination with the Ministry of Health,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid wished a speedy recovery to the injured, adding that Israel is committed to continuing to provide significant humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its citizens.

“The State of Israel has extensive experience in rehabilitating injured and amputee people,” Lapid said. “We have excellent medical teams and hospitals that have opened their doors and their hearts to injured Ukrainians.”

During a visit to wounded soldiers at the Sheba Medical Center, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk thanked the State of Israel government for the decision to fund the treatment of wounded Ukrainian soldiers in Israel and expressed the hope that this “very important humanitarian initiative” to follow.

Earlier this week, Israel delivered medical equipment totaling more than $1 million to a children’s hospital in kyiv, according to Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky. The Israeli Ministry of Defense has in recent months sent helmets and vests for emergency and civilian organizations in Ukraine.