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Century-old hospitals to receive facelift

Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos declared that the government, «without noise, systematically and methodically,» was proceeding to «carry out reforms and tackle problems.» One of those was «the very poor state» of some hospitals, especially of those in Athens which were built at the turn of the last century. The health minister referred to works to upgrade the buildings and equipment of 16 hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki that were already under way and were due for completion by the end of 2003. Budgeted at 45.28 billion drachmas, the projects are part of the program «Health Infrastructure 2000-2006.» The 16 hospitals are Evangelismos, the children’s hospital Aghia Sophia, Korgialeneio-Benakeio, KAT, Geniko Kratiko, Asklipeio at Voula, Sismanogleio, Sotiria, Elpis, Aghia Olga, Kratiko Nikaias and Tzaneio in Athens and Papanikolaou, AHEPA, Ippocrateio and Aghios Pavlos in Thessaloniki.