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Respect and thanks to Hungarian military doctors

Text: Ministry of Defence | Photo: Szebáld Szakál’s archive photos |  11:48 February 15, 2023

The goal is to integrate the lessons learned into the system of the HDF Medical Center – said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky in a video shared on his Facebook-page, after welcoming home the military doctors participating in rescue operations in the wake of the earthquake in Türkiye.


Colonel (MD) Dr. Péter Vekszler, Colonel (MD) Dr. Levente Várhelyi, Colonel (MD) Dr. Sándor Pellek, Lieutenant Colonel (MD) Dr. András Mérai and Lieutenant Colonel (MD) Dr. András Csábi were serving on the spot for six days in the aftermath of the earthquake in Türkiye.

Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky received a briefing from the five-member team in the Ministry of Defence. It was revealed that the unit was ready to leave for Türkiye at a couple of hours’ notice. By their own account, due to the circumstances, during the rescue operations they often had to rely on improvisation and on their expertise gained in international training programs. They pointed out that they also drew a lot on their knowledge and experiences acquired in NATO-frameworks. They added that as Hungarian soldiers and NATO allies, they had received positive feedback in all environments.

In the video, the minister emphasized that after saying thanks, the most important thing is to make sure that all the lessons learned be integrated into the system of the HDF Medical Center, so that they can extend the knowledge of aiding and rescue capabilities.

Press release by the Ministry of Defence

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