Minister of Health Thanos Pleuris attended a conference of the Medical Association of Heraklion on the topic “Challenges and lessons learned for Sars-CoV-2, continuing his tour in Crete.
Mr. Pleuris, who reiterated that the estimates are that the increase in cases in the context of the new wave of the pandemic in the heart of the summer, will not put pressure on the NHS, referred to the COVID clinics, noting that their release is being done gradually.
“Of the 600 COVID ICU beds we had, since we have less than 100 intubated patients, 200-250 have been given for other cases” said Mr. Pleuris, adding that unfortunately the staff in the hospitals do not stop being pressured, because when they fall the covid the non-covid cases and the surgeries that were left behind are going up.
Regarding the possibility of a new vaccine, the Minister of Health said that the companies are currently trying for a single-dose vaccine, for which the desire is to have the characteristics of the common flu, that is, to be given once a year. “At the moment we are not at that stage, we hope we will be as soon as possible” said Mr. Pleuris.
The Minister of Health also spoke about the institution of the family doctor, for which he explained that the goal is to register as many doctors as possible within this and the next month, while the registration of citizens also begins.
“Our aim is to reach a level of 40% to 50% of the population within the year, so that slowly the citizens will see from the autumn the benefit, which is the free visits, the free advices” said Mr. Pleuris adding that the most important thing is not to continue the observed phenomenon, “because the citizen does not know how to go to the outpatient clinics of hospitals, but to have a doctor who will advise him and direct him. In other words, we transfer the care of the citizen, from hospital to the doctor” pointed out the Minister of Health.
In the context of the conference, the Professor of Clinical Virology of the School of Medicine of the University of Crete and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Virology of PAGNI, Giorgos Sourvinos, referred to the Omicron 4 and Omicron 5 subvariants, saying that they are the ones that prevail, adding that testing is mandatory, in order to have the real picture of what is happening with the pandemic.
For his part, the President of the Medical Association of Heraklion, Haris Vavouranakis, stated that due to the pandemic, the evaluation of a 2.5-year effort has begun.
“We appreciate our actions, we evaluate the efforts made by all agencies and of course the cooperation, wanting to design an organized health system that will effectively and reliably deal with each similar case” added Mr. Vavouranakis.