By Bejay Browne
A FREE CLINIC to help those in need will be inaugurated in Paphos next week. The initiative is part of an islandwide scheme being offered by humanitarian organisation Volunteer Doctors Cyprus.
Similar clinics are also offering free services in Nicosia, Limassol and Polis Chrysochous. Further clinics will soon be opened in other areas of Cyprus.
The first free clinic was opened in Nicosia in March, while the Limassol clinic followed in May and the Paphos and Polis Chrysochous clinics opened in June.
Although the Paphos clinic is operational, the official opening will take place next Friday December 13.
The clinics are operated by volunteer doctors and nurses who offer free medical services to people in need. The unemployed, those on a low income and pensioners are all eligible for a variety of medical services.
The organisation said that the clinics accept patients who are facing all sorts of medical problems including cardiology, pediatrics, pathology and general medicine.
Volunteer Doctors Cyprus is best known for its action all over the world, offering support to people who are suffering the effects of wars, natural disasters, chronic poverty and diseases, by offering them medical treatment. They recently announced that the economic crisis in Cyprus had led them to become active Cyprus by opening free clinics.
The free clinics programme is being overseen by Dr George Macriyiannis, who collaborates closely with the head doctors in each city. The doctor in charge for Paphos is Dr Yioula Loizidou.
Loizidou said: “The clinic will officially open next week and people will be able to visit the doctors every Saturday between 9am and 1pm.”
The clinics are kitted out with the necessary medical equipment and they aim to provide medicine to patients for free.
In addition to the services provided by the clinics, a network of supportive services has also been created. This includes a number of other doctors and specialties who will give free advice to patients that are referred from the doctors on call at the clinics.
In cases where laboratory tests, x-rays or scans need to be carried out- minimal costs will be passed onto the patient.
The Paphos clinic is situated next to DasoudiPark, close to Carrefour supermarket.
According to Loizidou, the Paphos clinic will be inaugurated by First Lady, Andri Anastasiades.The Bishop of Paphos will bless the building and Eleni Theocharous, a member of the European Parliament and the honorary president of Volunteer Doctors will also attend the event.
Contact Numbers: Nicosia – Dr George Macriyiannis 99435735, Limassol – Dr Andreas Prokopiou 99448347, Paphos Dr Yioula Loizidou 99585033, Polis – Dr Marios Theodorou 99393226.
The Pancyprian contact number for the free clinics is: 70009990