Around 50 children with congenital heart disease are sent abroad for surgery each year while 30 more are treated in Cyprus by overseas doctors, parents said on Monday.
In a news conference marking the week of congenital heart disease, the chairman of the parents’ association of children suffering from the ailment called on closer cooperation between the state and private sectors to maintain the high standard and further develop child cardiology.
Andreas Constantinou said the selection of medical centres abroad should be done on the advice of all five surgeons at Makarios children hospital and a private facility to ensure the best possible choice.
He also said that cooperation between the two centres should be renewed in time to avoid inconveniencing the children.
“The two child cardiology medical centres in the public and private sectors should be in agreement and co-ordinate to maintain the high standard and further develop child cardiology in Cyprus for the good of the children, adolescents, and adults with congenital heart disease,” he said.
Constantinou said overseas centres should be reviewed every year and those with a high number of problems be taken off the list.
Child cardiologists should also have close cooperation with child heart surgeons and the waiting list at the Makarios clinic should be reduced.