Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: Health official with virus says it’s difficult time for medical staff (Updated)

A senior health official found positive with Covid-19 said Monday Cyprus was going through a difficult time and health professionals should have more confidence in themselves.

Christos Nicolaou, the state health services organisation (Okypy) head for Limassol and Paphos, currently working from home, said the suspension of certain operations at Limassol and Paphos hospitals would be extended by 48 hours.

Their A&E departments continued to handle incidents the private health sector could not manage, he said.

At the same time, medical councils have been set up to examine health professionals who say they belong to vulnerable groups and cannot do their duty under the circumstances.

“Teams had been set up to examine staff and see how many should return,” Nicolaou said. “It is a difficult situation for everyone, including health professionals who should have had more confidence in themselves.”

The spokesman of the nurses’ union Pasyno, said setting up medical councils was the right decision.

“It would certainly be wrong for a health professional to submit something that is not valid,” Theodoros Petelis said of medical certificates.

He added however, that he did not have an exact number of nurses who belonged to vulnerable groups.

The Accident and Emergency Departments of the general hospitals of Limassol and Paphos will operate with the minimum required staff for the next 48 hours and will serve only cases that cannot be handled by the private sector.

These measures have been extended for a further 48 hours.

The operation of most units in the hospitals was suspended as of Friday after cases of Covid-19 were recorded there.

Special arrangements have been made for haematological and oncological cases, dialysis and thalassemia.


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