Health cards to be given to refugees landing in Greece

Health cards to be given to refugees landing in Greece

Greece plans to provide refugees and migrants arriving in the country with a health card, a senior public official said on Saturday.

Speaking to Praktoreio FM, General Secretary for Public Health Yiannis Baskozos said the cards would be handed out to each new arrival.

“We have decided there should be a health card that will include the basic results of health tests that are carried out and which will be useful for them when they move about within the country or across borders and for their reallocation to other countries,” he said, adding that the cards would be available in around a month.

He also said that in conjunction with the Immigration Policy Ministry, health authorities would draw up a national healthcare plan for migrants and refugees that would include the provision of mental experts.

“Psychological support may even be the most important measure to protect their health that you can take.”

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