Stronger links are to be forged between American doctors and the ministry of health following the signing of an agreement on Tuesday.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Ministry of Health, the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation and provides for expanding their cooperation in the fields of education and research.
Over the last 35 years around 3,000 children from Cyprus have travelled to the United States for orthopaedic conditions at Shriner’s Hospitals, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said at the signing ceremony.
“Every year, since 1983, a group of specialised doctors from the Shriner’s hospitals visit Cyprus to examine and provide their expertise for over 350 cases,” he added.
“In addition to their visit to Cyprus, the medical experts of Shriner’s Hospitals have close cooperation with Cypriot doctors through teleconferences to provide their expertise for approximately 80 cases of children with orthopaedic problems”.
The minister praised the significant role that the George and Thelma Paraskevaides Foundation has played through the years: “The charity work of the foundation has led to the development of this important cooperation for the benefit of the children of Cyprus, regardless of financial status. For all your assistance and support, we are deeply grateful.”
He said the new memorandum “lays new foundations for a new perspective, by expanding our collaboration in the areas of education, training and research.”
The minister added that “the goal is to promote the exchange of medical knowledge in the areas of orthopaedics and paediatric orthopaedics, of plastic surgery burn care, of orthotics and prosthetics and of course of tele-health”.