Anastasiades: Cyprus to become a regional health centre
There is still a lot to be done in the public health sector and I hope that the new Health Minister from Monday on will work, “so as to start putting in place some order where there isn’t one,” President Nicos Anastasiades said at the grand-opening of the Robotic Surgery Institute in Limassol.
The institute is the Dr David B. Samadi Institute of Robotic Surgery, at Limassol’s Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus, which the President hoped would put Cyprus on the map as a health centre in the region.
In his address, President Anastasiades expressed his satisfaction with the updating and development of the private sector hospital, “which greatly offers in another sector, not only to avoid sending patients abroad, but also the most important is that Cyprus is established as a health centre, something that was not here prior.”
“It is well-known that due to the political situations, along the lines of what has been reported, 40 million Arab patients avoid-even if they wanted- to receive surgery or visit medical centres in Israel leading them to go to other European countries,” he said, adding, “at the moment that medical services are being upgraded, along the lines of what we are opening today, that is to say the robotic surgery institute with world-famous professionals, I believe that for sure the conditions are being created for an auspicious future in the field, so Cypriots and the economy can also benefit.”
At the same time, the President expressed his hope that the new Minister of Health would work hard to bring order to an area where there is none, and of course establish the public health scheme Ge.S.Y.
He also mentioned that the initiative of the hospital to establish a robotic surgery centre is important because it offers patients more options for difficult surgeries, which in the past they had to travel abroad to receive care.
Read and watch the full interview Dr Samadi gave to Sigmalive here.