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Ex Health Minister, Cardiology Professor Kremastinos dies of COVID-19

Former health minister and cardiology professor, Dimitris Kremastinos, died on Friday morning following an infection with coronavirus. He was 78 years old.

Kremastinos had been admitted into  Evangelismos hospital in Athens with medical complications related to Covid-19 on March 26. He was in the intensive care unit ever since.

He served as a minister in PASOK governments, as vice-president of the Greek Parliament, as well as an MP for the Dodecanese islands with PASOK and the Democratic Coalition.

He was also an Emeritus Professor of Cardiology at the University of Athens, Director of the Hellenic College of Cardiology, elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, President of the Hellenic Society of Cardiology and the Hellenic College of Cardiology as well as a director of Attica hospitals.

He was the personal doctor of former Prime Minister and PASOK founder, Andreas Papandreou.

During his serving as Health Minister he initiated the transfer of patients with ambulance helicopters.

Kremastinos’ death raises the number of fatalities due to coronavirus to 150. A 67-year-old man hospitalized in Larissa, central Greece, died late on Thursday night.

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