Civil Protection Minister discharged from hospital, advised to rest


Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, who was hospitalized on Monday after suffering a heart incident, was discharged Wednesday afternoon, Athens’ Agia Olga Hospital said.

According to the announcement, the minister is “in excellent condition,” and was advised to rest at home for a few days.

Hardalias underwent a coronary angioplasty which was deemed “successful.”

The 52-year-old minister had been responsible for coordinating the firefighting efforts over the past few weeks when catastrophic blazes destroyed large swaths of forest near Athens and in northern Evia, forcing hundreds to evacuate their villages.