Current ICU Units from the Greek Government during the pandemic
Greece, nationwide currently has 1,017 ICU beds as of May 3, 2020:
In State hospitals, – 840 Private clinics. – 145 Military hospitals – 32
Note: Number of ICU’s to treat solely Covid-19 cases – 352
A clear policy has evolved over the Coronavirus pandemic affecting Greece under the New Democracy government which is focussing two objectives instate health care:
1. Intensive care beds and
2. Securing long-term employment for contract workers,
Greece’s Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias is quoted by the media, as saying:
– Intensive care beds …. The government aims to raise the number of ICU beds to 1,200. Greece is then in line with the European average of about 12 beds per 100,000 head of population.
– Securing long-term employment for contract workers …. 2,000 contract workers at the Greek National Health system (ESY) will be made permanent. More than 4,000 more doctors, nurses and paramedics have been hired (original target 2,000).
– The government will reward ESY staff for their contribution during the pandemic, describing medics as “next-door saints.”
-The government will set up an observatory to monitor progress in new vaccines and therapies to tackle Covid-19 and to secure a local supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE).
– The (Greek) government is taking measures to fight a possible second wave of the coronavirus after the summer.
Admin – From many official sources, Greece is being congratulated for its swift and decisive actions to restrict the spread of the 2019 coronavirus from China. The result is one of Europe’s better records in limiting the virus’s impact on the population.