Kosovo: health teams in action to prevent COVID-19

(To Greater Defense)

Since the start of the pandemic, the NATO Armed Forces have played an important role in responding to the COVID-19 emergency.

As part of the mission to Kosovo, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland have provided specialized teams to contribute to the efforts made to contain the virus.

In particular, the Italian Army has made available a health team sent to the operating theater since logistic command, who within four days conducted a risk analysis for the mission headquarters in Pristina, as well as a mass screening of military and civilian personnel at the base.

The team advised on hygiene and behavioral measures to counteract the risks associated with COVID-19 in the most effective way.

Subsequently, in the first week of May, a team from the 7th Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear Defense Regiment 'Cremona' was deployed, which is contributing decisively to the sanitation of numerous multinational areas within the KFOR bases, thanks the equipment supplied, which includes equipment for disinfection by means of sodium hypochlorite solutions and use of ethanol, special protective clothing, FFP3 masks, gloves and other protective devices.

Army specialists first sanitized the military area of ​​Pristina airport, and then concentrated on the dozens of buildings inside the headquarters of KFOR, the longest-running NATO operation, with around 3500 soldiers from 27 nations. and led for the seventh consecutive year by Italy, currently by division general Michele Risi of the Army.

The contribution that the 7th regiment is providing is part of the prevention measures promptly adopted by KFOR to minimize the risks for its civilian and military personnel, as well as to protect the communities of Kosovo.

KFOR operations continue regularly under the mandate of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999, to maintain a safe environment and freedom of movement for all citizens of Kosovo.