New OPAP-funded units in children’s hospitals inaugurated on Thursday

An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for newborns and a Urological-Plastic Surgery Unit were inaugurated at the Hagia Sophia and Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou Children’s Hospitals on Thursday, respectively, following a gift by Greece’s leading gaming company OPAP.

The ICU unit at the 5th and 6th floors of Hagia Sophia can accomodate 25 incubators, while the surgery unit on the Kyriakou hospital’s 1st floor can accomodate 18 beds.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias attended the inauguration and was given a tour of the new units. “We have top doctors and nursing staff, and I thank them all for their effort. Due to the 10-year crisis of restrictive fiscal measures, the National Health System could not invest in facilities of this level,” he said, adding that the government has tried to seek funding in the private sector.

OPAP CEO Jan Karas said that “fully upgrading Greece’s two largest pediatric hospitals is at the heart of OPAP’s strategy for social contribution.” He said the units inaugurated on Thursday total 85% of the upgrade, added to 28 projects and facilities turned over so far to children, their parents, and the medical staff.

The company began its fundings for the upgrades in 2014.