The cabinet on Wednesday approved the creation of an Accident and Emergency Department for mothers and children at the Makarios Children’s Hospital in Nicosia.
The proposal had been submitted by Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis, the idea being that currently women and children must go to the Nicosia General Hospital’s A&E, which has long waiting periods.
The Makarios Hospital first opened in 1984 to provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for children, and obstetric and gynaecology services to women.
The decision, according to the minister, is also part of wider health service reforms that include hospital autonomy and would give the children’s hospital a competitive boost when it comes to its financial viability under the proposed national health scheme. It will also allow children to receive specialised paediatric treatment at an A&E, especially in an emergency.