PM Tsipras:Today is a very important day for all the citizens of the country

“Today is a very important day for all the citizens of the country,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday on the occasion of signing the memorandum of collaboration between the Greek state and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

“On behalf of the Greek people, I want to thank the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and (Niarchos president) Andreas Drakopoulos for this offer, which may total 250 million euros,” said Tsipras.

On his part, Drakopoulos underlined that SNF has achieved excellent cooperation in a climate of transparency and common vision between the public and private sectors, and said the donation to the health sector will have a positive outcome despite difficulties. The NSF’s hard work, he said, will continue to contribute to a better tomorrow.

“Our close cooperation on health sector has already produced results,” Tsipras stressed, adding that 143 ambulances have already been purchased and delivered to hospitals thanks to a 14 million donation.

“These vehicles include mobile units, which are absolutely essential, especially for emergencies. And among them now there are mobile baby units that were a real need especially for regions of the region, which unfortunately never had this possibility,” Tsipras stated.

He added that 10 linear accelerators were delivered to the University Hospitals and to Thessaloniki’s Theagenio, for the needs of cancer patients.

“Targeted building interventions, the further provision of nursing facilities, the provision of additional mobile medical units for rural population exams and the funding of training programs for medical and nursing staff have already progressed,” the prime minister said.

“As it seems, this was just the beginning,” the prime minister noted.

According to an annnouncement, the signing of the Memorandum will initiate a programme of major donations in the health sector in Greece, with a budget expected to exceed 200 million euros.

In September 2017, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its intention to fund entirely four major infrastructure projects across the country, the procurement of new medical technology equipment and educational actions, following discussions with the Health Ministry, which proposed the most urgent needs of the health sector.