Cyprus Mail

Post offices begin issuing medical cards

Some 90.000 people have yet to renew their health cards

POST offices in the main towns yesterday began issuing health cards to the public as an aid to overworked citizens service centres.

An official at the Nicosia centre said that as far as she was aware the new post-office service was running smoothly.

Last August the new hospital fees’ system led to a rise in people wanting to renew their medical cards, which caused mayhem at the citizens centres, prompting authorities to rope in a number of post offices.

The chief postal superintendant Sofronis Tsiartas said yesterday there were four new service points open for obtaining medical cards.

These are at the four main district post offices; Nicosia’s Prodromos Street, in Limassol at 16 Iounios Street, and also at the main Larnaca and Paphos post offices. They will be open from 8am-3pm daily. The public can also call 77778013 for more information or visit the ministry of health website, said, Tsiartas

“The level of service may not be to the degree of the citizen service centres but will remain an option,” he said.

He said the bulk of the renewals would be done by April 30 but the services would remain open to the public even after this date.

As of mid-February, there were still around 90,000 people who had not renewed their health cards.

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