AROUND 500 children with severe orthopaedic conditions are being examined for free by a group of specialist doctors from the US.
The examinations, which are taking place at the Nicosia General Hospital, started on Monday and will continue until Thursday.
Orthopaedic doctors from the Shriners Hospital for Children of Springfield, Massachusetts visit the island every October as part of the agreement signed in 1995 between the hospital and the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation.
Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said all together around 8000 children have benefited from this cooperation and that arrangements have also been made for a large number of children to go Springfield for treatment. The costs of operations and treatment are covered by the Shriners Hospital.
Teleconferences with the help of a local doctor are available for any children that do not have the opportunity to be examined by the visiting doctors or need a post-operative examination.
“Around 900 children have been examined through teleconference facilities,” Patsalis said.
The head of the visiting group, Dr David Drvaric, said that it was an honour for the team of the Shriners Hospital to be back in Cyprus to take care of children.
He added that any children that need further care will be transferred in Springfield to deal with their case, either by operation, other specialised treatment or with the use of prosthetics and orthotics.
Speaking on behalf of his family’s foundation, Efthyvoulos Paraskevaides said that the great generosity of the Shriners Hospital has had a positive effect on Cypriot society and especially its children.