Poland to increase medical and infrastructure security

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – With a war raging on Poland’s eastern border, the right-wing government is introducing a law to increase medical and infrastructure security in emergency situations.

The draft, put forward by government ministers responsible for national security on Tuesday, would provide funding each year for the development of local first responders, for an ambulance in each county and for improving the 112 emergency call system in the state coffers.

It also gives regional governors more powers in emergency situations and secures them resources for quick responses in case of natural disasters and emergencies. It will increase from the current 6,000 zlotys to 10,000 zlotys ($2,200) as an amount of money families can receive as a quick response to home damage.

Poland’s top politician, ruling party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the decisions were dictated by recent developments such as the COVID-19 pandemic, floods and major fires, but also by the sudden influx of nearly 4 million war refugees from Ukraine’s invasion of Russia on February 24th.

The draft must be approved by Parliament and by President Andrzej Duda, a government ally.

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