Ukrainian and Russian language options now available on HSE website

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that healthcare information for refugees arriving in Ireland is now available to read in Ukrainian and Russian.

The update to the HSE website (available here) was completed yesterday (Tuesday 22nd March), and further updates are expected to occur regularly.

It comes as the number of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland is expected to reach 20,000 by the end of March and 40,000 by the end of April.

This is according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar who said yesterday: “Since this morning over 10,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Ireland and registered for international protection. We expect that number to grow to 20,000 by the end of the month. It’s reasonable to assume that number will likely hit around 40,000 by the end of next month, although no one can know for sure.

“What we are seeing is effectively a 1% increase in our population in a few weeks. This is going to have serious impacts on education, health, housing, social protection, public finances and even on things like greenhouse gas emissions. . Absolutely all the calculations change when the population increases by 1% or 2% in a few weeks.”

Refugees can turn to the HSE website for information on finding a place to stay, accessing financial support such as welfare, obtaining the right to work as well as services health.

Mr Varadkar called the influx of refugees a “huge crisis”.

He said: “We have approximately 20,000 pledges from members of the public offering to provide accommodation. This effort is being led by the Irish Red Cross. Of these 20,000 pledges, for which we are very grateful to the public for his generosity in making these promises, 4,000 are for freestanding units or vacant properties.

“They are being evaluated and we hope to put them into service as soon as possible. This is the priority. Afterwards, we will move on to people who can offer a free room, in particular those who have access to public transport.”

Sylvester L. Goldfarb