Around ten babies in every 1,000 born in Cyprus are diagnosed with a form of congenital heart dis-ease, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Tuesday.
Ioannou, speaking during a press conference to mark Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, said the majority of cases were not serious and were successfully treated by cardiologists. He said out of the total, only 10 per cent of the infants needed surgery.
In recent years, the minister said, the state had signed agreements for the purchase of services by a team of experienced and specialised surgeons to reduce the cost of treatment abroad to pa-tients and their families.
As a result, he added, the majority of heart surgeries are treated locally with an approximate cost of €12,000 to €15,000 per patient. Over the last six years about 150 cardiac catheterisations have taken place in Cyprus, Ioannou said.