In a video conference concerning the donation of 18 mobile ICUs to the public sector from the Committee “Greece 2021”, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday noted that the end of the pandemic crisis was now in sight but “how quickly we reach it depends on taking careful steps in the final straight.”
He said the mobile ICUs can be housed in special huts at any hospital where they are needed, while their base will be Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki, which he described as a “central pillar of the national health system”.
Outlining the efforts made to fight the pandemic in Greece, which was first detected in the country exactly a year ago, Mitsotakis said it was now “up to all of us to make this the only year of the pandemic” and pointed out that Greece will have soon exceeded the one-million mark for vaccinations performed. While acknowledging that the health system was under pressure, especially in Attica, he appeared confident that this was being handled well, with figures showing that Greece “continues to defend itself more effectively against the third wave of the pandemic, which now has the additional feature of a strain, the so-called British strain, which is alot more contagious.”
The prime minister, while acknowledging people’s fatigue with the measures, stressed that it was essential to make one final effort, especially in the next two weeks, before the economy and education can return to more normal rhythms.
“We will plan it, if we decide it, with smart solutions and a new and mutual compact of trust with the citizens: The economy must gradually begin to work again and we must all adhere to the rules so that it stays open,” he added.
Others participating in the teleconference included Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, the President of ‘Greece 2021’ Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, the head of the 3rd Health Region Panagiotsi Bogiatzidis and the head of Papanikolaou Hospital Maria Giogatzi.
Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said the new ICUs will be delivered fully functioning and completely outfitted, with both equipment and consumables, and will be linked to the hospital building so that they can remain after the pandemic to support the national health system. She also underlined tha the Committee will strive to “every last euro” of the money donated by the public to society through its actions.