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Greece expenditure: More for Defense & Public Order, less for Health & Education

Greece expenditure has shown that Health and Education are not priority for the government. The country’s Defense spending is almost double the EU average. The evidence points to a policy that places greater emphasis on external and internal security, the latest study by ENA Institute for Alternative Policies has shown. …

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Mitsotakis’ mini cabinet reshuffle focuses on security and health

Just six months after the elections, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apparently has realized that there is a major security issue in the county and decided to proceed with a small cabinet reshuffle. Minister for Citizen Protection Ioannis Oikonomou was replaced by Michalis Chrysochoidis, currently the health minister, who was Minister …

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Epidemiologists sound alarm on floods impact to public health

Epidemiologists sound alarm on severe impact of the floods to public health and warn of several diseases, such as typhus, gastroenteritis, malaria and West Nile Virus, that would break out in the flooded areas due to a large number of drown animals and flood waters to have infiltrated the sewage …

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Greece abolishes mandatory Covid-masks in hospitals; Exceptions

Greece abolishes the mandatory use of masks against Covid-19 by personnel in hospitals and health structures. There are exceptions, though, for personnel dealing with high risk groups of patients. The Health Ministry decision published on the official gazette on Monday, July 23, 2023. A new lifting of measures against the …

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Heatwave CLEON: Health Alert for Athens, other Greek cities

The National Observatory of Athens weather service “meteo” isseue a heatwave warning for Greek cities, including Athens, Thessaloniki and Larissa. According to the announcement, these cities are expected to experience extremely high temperatures in the coming days, posing potential health risks. On Thursday, July 13, a level 3 heat-health alert …

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Ambulance service to be strengthen with Army & Fire Service assistance

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Wednesday that the Ambulance Service EKAV will be strengthen with the assistance  of the Army and the Fire Service. During his introductory speech at the first cabinet meeting, Mitsotakis heralded “Better wages, better health service, better state, better life.” In one sentence he spoke …

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ELSTAT: 66.8% of Greeks don’t visit a doctor as they can’t afford to pay for “free” Health

Almost 2/3 of Greeks, that is 66.8%, do not visit a doctor for medical check ups or therapy because they cannot afford pay for the “free” Health services, Greek Statistics Authority ELSTAT announced on Wednesday. The findings of ELSTAT’s announal survey on the health of citizens in Greece are “disappointing” …

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Greece ends use of masks in public transport-Exceptions, tests

Greece’s Health Ministry ends the compulsory use of face masks against Covid-19 on public transport means that was obligatory since April 2020. The measure goes into effect on Monday, March 27, 2023. Note that many passengers stopped wearing the obligatory masks in public transport since the government relaxed general protection …

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FM Dendias interrupts Mt Athos visit after health incident

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias suffered an incident of low blood-pressure, while he was attending the liturgy in a church of Mount Athos. Dendias was standing in the Holy Monastery of Xenophon short after 7 o’ clock Thursday morning when he felt dizzy and fainted thus falling to the floor and …

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Diagnostic centers on 3-day strike: No tests, screening for insured patients

Diagnostic centers, laboratories, polyclinics and clinical laboratory doctors have launched a three-day strike across Greece. The strike will leave patients insured at the National Health Care Organization (EOPY) without diagnostic tests and screening in private health sector, while public hospitals are “eternally” overwhelmed. The three-day  strike extends from Monday, July …

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Pandemic & Mental Health: 21% of Greeks doesn’t leave home for fun or socializing

Pandemic and mental health – 21% of Greeks do not leave home at all for fun or socializing, a new nationwide survey has found. The mental health and sociability of Greeks is burdened by the pandemic, according to a new nationwide survey by Focus Bari and YouGov. Two years after …

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Leader of KINAL, Fofi Gennimata, withdraws from leadership race due to health reasons

Fofi Gennimata, the leader of socialist opposition party Movement for Change (KINAL/PASOK) announced on Tuesday afternoon that she will not run in upcoming party elections for leadership due to health reasons.  Gennimata announced her withdrawal from the leadership race on a tweet in which she wrote: “The deterioration of my …

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Reshuffle: Changes in crucial ministries, one more minister from the far-right front

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis proceeded to cabinet reshuffle removing ministers who were supposed to have been “successfully” managing the crises like the pandemic and its side effects in health and tourism. The cabinet reshuffle includes the introduction of a Civil Protection Ministry that will also have jurisdiction over the Fire …

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Greek health experts hold meeting on Covid-19 mutations

Greece’s health officials are meeting Friday noon to discuss the issue of the new coronavirus mutations. The meeting chaired by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias is attended by the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Academy (IIBEAA), the president of National Public Health Organization …

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50% of hospital doctors, 60% nurses reluctant to get Covid-19 vaccine

Not all health professionals in Greece’s hospitals intent to get the vaccination against Covid-19 expected to be launched in the country at the end of the month. 6 out of 10 nurses do no want the vaccine, while the rate of doctors is at 50%. hospitals across the country. Already …

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Greek islands in turmoil due to their health classification as “high-risk zones”

Small Greek islands are in turmoil due to the health classification as “high-risk” destinations by the Ministry of Health. They see such plans as an effort to undermine their struggle to get out of the economic quagmire after the coronavirus lockdown that has significantly affected the tourism sector. Ahead of …

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Mammoth donation by Niarchos Foundation to improve health services in Greece

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will proceed with a mammoth donation to improve health services in Greece. In the framework “Initiative for Health” that creates partnerships between the state and private organizations, the SFN will build two general hospitals, one children hospital and provide equipment to already existing hospitals. The …

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