NEWS

Is Greece prepared?

The Health Ministry and the Center for the Control of Infectious Diseases are in continuous contact with the World Health Organization and say they have taken all the necessary precautions to deal with any cases of SARS. Nevertheless, the case of Canada, which, despite its well-organized health system, has not managed to control the spread of the disease and is now being referred to as an epidemic site, is raising serious questions regarding the capacity of Greek health units to deal with the possible appearance of the disease here. Do state hospitals have enough special wards and infrastructure considered necessary in other countries? How can such a serious disease be dealt with considering the drastic shortage of nursing staff in most hospitals in Greece? Let us hope that the authorities have taken all these parameters into serious consideration so that Greece is not taken by surprise.