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Surgeons from Israel called to treat injured firefighter

Nicosia hopsital

A 57-year-old man who was injured during operations to put out the fires in the Solea area, is currently intubated in the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old’s condition is stable, it said, and all necessary radiological examinations and laboratory tests were carried out.

“On instructions from the Health Minister [Giorgos Pamboridis] an ICU specialist, a neurologist, and a neurosurgeon have been called in from Israel, and are expected to arrive tonight on a charter flight to assist in the evaluation and treatment of the injured person,” the ministry said.

Two more injured men are at the Nicosia hospital and their condition is out of danger.

One of the two, aged 50, underwent on Tuesday microsurgery on his right hand and is expected to be discharged soon, the ministry said.

“The second man, 57, is expected to be operated by an orthopedist who was called in from Greece”.

Three more men who were injured lightly were transferred to the Kyperounda hospital. “One of them has already been discharged, the second is expected to be dismissed in the next few hours, while the third has been referred to the Limassol general hospital with shoulder dislocation,” it said.

The medical association (CyMA) announced on Wednesday they have informed the health ministry they were ready, if necessary, to man mobile first aid units with volunteer doctors, who will treat injuries “and address any problems that may arise due to the toxic fumes of the catastrophic fire”.

Two firefighters lost their lives on Monday when their vehicle overturned and plunged into a ravine.

The ministry also announced that the state mental health services are ready to receive residents of the affected villages, professionals, and volunteers who worked to extinguish the fires and need psychological support.

All interested may call to arrange a meeting at 22 705823 between 7.30 am and 3pm.

For emergencies outside working hours, members of the public may go to the Nicosia general hospital’s A&E department where the psychiatrist or child psychiatrist on duty will be called.


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