Three seriously ill patients have been given a new lease on life after the family of a 25-year-old traffic accident victim decided to donate her organs.

A woman removes snow outside a drug store in Cholargos suburb of Athens after a snowstorm, on Tuesday. [Michael Varaklas/AP]

The severe weather front that swept across Attica also caused operational problems at hospitals, with many, mainly in the northern part of Athens, being difficult for both patients and staff to reach.

A medic is seen on the night shift at a coronavirus hospital in Athens, in a file photo. A recent study estimates the cost of treating a Covid patient in intensive care at more than €2,000 a day, and in a regular ward at €450 a day. [SOOC]

The urgent demands placed on the National Health System (ESY) by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on medical services, not least surgeries, at hospitals around the country.


The new National Health System (ESY) which the government plans to implement in the post-pandemic era was laid out this week by Alternate Health Minister Mina Gaga to all the doctor MPs in ruling New Democracy at the party’s headquarters. 

A medical staff conducts a Covid-19 rapid test on a man in Athens, Tuesday. [AP]

The Piraeus Bank employees’ association has been providing its members and their families with molecular (PCR) tests since September – when their retail price was 60-70 euros – at a price of 25 euros each, reaching 15,000 people.

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Primary care centers in northern parts of Greece are woefully understaffed and lack the necessary equipment for basic examinations, needlessly referring patients that could be treated there to large city hospitals, doctors complain.

A cleaning worker mops the floor as medical staff examine a Covid-19 patient in an ICU of the Sotiria Thoracic Diseases Hospital in Athens, last year. [AP]

A program for improving procedures aimed at preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in Greece has entered its main phase, which includes collecting data on the current situation, as well as a series of interventions that have already been planned and will be carried out within the next four years to curb HAIs and antimicrobial resistance.

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An impressive mural dedicated to the doctors and nurses on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic adorns a wall at the Tzaneio Hospital in Piraeus.

Three men wearing face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus, sit on a bench in Athens, January 3. [AP]

As the battle against the coronavirus enters what experts are calling its most decisive stage, the Health Ministry is activating an emergency plan for the national health system (ESY) that entails a series of “fortification measures.”